Until last year I included a limited number of daylilies in my perennial beds, choosing instead to focus my plant-buying dollars on vegetation less palatable to local deer. But installation of a fence in our back yard expanded my plant choices and I'm re-falling in love with daylilies.
Bring mid-summer's bountiful blossoms indoors to take full advantage of their unique scents and beauty. With the exception of the orange gerbera daisy focused at the center of the flower arrangement here (it came as a visitor's gift – my gerberas are pink), all the greens and blossoms came from my gardens. Hosta leaves provide the base structure of this bouquet. Use three or five, depending on the size of your vase. Perennial sweet pea vines and blossoms fill center space in this vase and their wayward growth and tendrils help hold heavier, straight-stem flowers, such as the lilies, upright in a vase. White, round blossoms of Queen Anne's lace pick up the white variegation of the hosta leaves and the white centers of the lily blossoms, and give the whole bouquet an airy feel. The dark sweet-pea flowers help highlight the lighter pink lilies, while the lighter pink sweet peas match and balance the lily color. Blue anise hyssop blossoms contrast the vibrant orange and pink of the other blossoms and make the brighter colors pop.