November 10th, 2018
I’ve been dividing my day lilies. Gosh, I hear you say – why, and why now?
Keeping your herbaceous perennials healthy and looking good sometimes requires some work. This is a really good time of year to lift and divide plants that have got congested. That is when the middle of the plant looks bare and sad, and flowers scarce. Day lilies are especially prone to running out of steam, but if you dig them up now (as long as it’s a reasonably mild spell), add a bucket of decent compost to the soil and then plant some of the new, bright looking clumps you very likely will be rewarded with more flowers next year.
Plants, like humans, vary in how they like to be looked after. A general rule of thumb is that if they flower later on during late summer or in the autumn, they are best left until spring. Michaelmas daisies usually do best when refreshed then.