LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our lifestyle expert Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stops by "THV 11 This Morning" with some tips on sprucing up your fencing an caring for day lilies.
If you have a tall privacy fence in a shady spot and want to cover the fence with vines then I have some wonderful varieties that like it dark. Assuming your fence is a solid material like wood or stone, climbers to choose are those that have tiny suction-cup like disks or small aerial rootlets along their stems.
My favorite shade vines in this group are Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, English ivy, climbing hydrangea and the Carolina Jasmine vine. The reliably deciduous, Boston ivy might be the best bet if your fence is wood, which will of course be more prone to rot if it has a moisture-retentive covering on it all year round.
Caring for Day Lilies
Day lilies are undemanding members of the lily family whose genus name , Hemerocallis, is Greek for "beauty for a day." The only attention these hardy perennials need in winter is a blanket of mulch. After the first hard frost, cover the ground with a loose, 3 to 5 inch layer of evergreen boughs, bark chips, straw, or leaves.
Division is needed only in established clumps that have become too large, or those whose flowers have become sparse or small. This may be several years away. Either with a pitch fork or shovel dig each clump up and divide the clump with a sharp object such as a large knife. You can also separate the clump with two pitch forks. Divide into individual plants and replant.
Make sure you fertilize with a high phosphorus fertilizer for best flower product. Usually daylilies are pest and disease free.