to Garden Perennials...the daylily and perennial plant nursery of
Gail Korn in Wayne, Nebraska.
2014--Our 32nd Year
After a cold, wet spring that
delayed blooms for a good two to three weeks, we were rewarded with
ample rains that gave us a wonderful garden. The lack of the usual heat
in July showed us what flowers can do without the usual heat stress.
The daylilies had never been better! In early October we were hit with
a tornado! Fortunately it took a bounce and was not on the ground as it
passed through. Our 95-year old house and barn still stand as well as
other buildings. It took the tops out of many trees and the 35-year old
Black Hills spruce that has been part of one of our large gardens
became a fatality. This has opened up a 30’ circle that is now empty.
This garden just got a lot bigger! It’s an opportunity! We love to plan
gardens for customers and now we’ll be doing it for ourselves. A garden
is never really “done”. It is always evolving. Each year plants get
bigger and occasionally need to be divided. It makes us appreciate what
it is at any given moment.
The garden is full of rewards.
Each flower is a reward. Mature clumps of flowers are a reward.
And combinations of clumps making a complimentary picture are rewards.
Do we love it when a plan comes together? We love blue balloonflowers
with orange daylilies. A white coneflower happened to grow behind
Bittersweet Destiny, an orange daylily, and we thought it was a
wonderful accident. Perovskia makes a good background for anything and
it is easy to plant some daylilies in front of it with some coneflowers
and alliums thrown in for good measure. In another part of our garden,
Veronicastrum ‘Fascination’ provides a stately background to dayliles
mingling with the sparkling burgundy buttons of Knautia macedonia
fronted by Veronca Red Fox.
A Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ adds some needed
white Our garden is large, but we find that we look at one
section at a time So we break it into smaller patches to create a
vignette for each one. Somehow it all flows together to make a