Daylilly Path

The Daylily Walk at Boerner Botanical Gardens   "I know a little garden close
Set thick with lily and red rose,
Where I would wander if I might
From dewy dawn to dewy night,
And have one with me wandering."

William Morris,
The Life and Death of Jason IV

he Daylily Walk is a curving path running south to the Bog and Rock Gardens, highlighted by a splendid display of daylilies. During the summer months the daylilies provide the visitor with an elegant show of grace and color, evidence that daylilies are not limited to the common and easy to maintain orange flowers sometimes found growing in even the most neglected gardens.

The botanical name for daylilies is Hemerocallis, from the Greek meaning "beautiful for a day." As both the Greek and common name suggest, a special attribute of these plants is that each blossom blooms for only a day. Nevertheless, each stem of a daylily contains a multitude of blossoms, so a single stem can provide days of bloom. Daylilies range in color from pale yellow to rich purple and red, with many hues in between. Different types of daylilies bloom at different times of the year; some bloom all summer long. With planning, a garden can have a summer of daylily color.

The peak of daylily bloom in the gardens is in July. A stroll down the Daylily Walk on a breezy day during that month, when the lilies sway in the wind, is an experience every visitor should enjoy.

Just west of the Daylily Walk is the Bog Garden. Go to the next garden

Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130
(414) 525-5600

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