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Top 10 Summer Plants

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Daylilies

Name a color. There's probably a daylily (Hemerocallis) to match. Need a low-growing flower? There's a daylily for that. A tall one? There's a daylily for that. Want a star-shaped bloom, a double bloom or ruffled petals? There's a daylily for that, too.

Hemerocallis means beautiful for one day in Greek. And, in a way, it's true. Each daylily bloom shines for a day, and then it folds in the night. But with sun and daily deadheading (removal of old blooms), the plant produces flower after flower for weeks on end. Many new cultivars rebloom, offering a second show later in the season. The flowers grow on stalks from the center of long-leaved clumps, which come in evergreen and deciduous options. Large flowers and flower parts make hybridizing easy if you want to create your own daylily variety.

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You can plant daylilies spring, summer and fall, and even in winter in warmer zones. They're tough and beautiful, and there are nearly 60,000 unique varieties to choose from [source: Petit]. Stagger your beds with early, midseason and late blooming varieties, and you'll enjoy three seasons of flowers.

Finally, the next page features a stunner for your shade garden.

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