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Daylily “Happy Returns”

There are hundreds, possibly thousands of different daylilies but Daylily ‘Happy Returns’ (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’) is one of my favourites. A non-stop summer bloomer, Happy Returns presents 3-inch, butter-yellow flowers similar in appearance to early spring daffodils. It’s smaller size (2 feet high) makes it perfect for a garden border, a perennial bed or containers. It grows well in full sun but does appreciate some morning or afternoon shade. Hardy in zones 3 to 9, it’s not fussy on soil type and pollinators love it. A bright addition to any garden – large or small!

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Outdoor Decorating

I just had to share this stunning and easy to create outdoor arrangement that my friend Joyce made. Two of these beautiful planters greet visitors as they make their way to the coordinating front door. And while these planters are great for the holiday season, they will keep your entryway bright and colorful until the early spring bulbs appear once again.

Here’s how she does it – “Cut about a dozen evergreen branches (cedar & pine) and red dogwood branches to 3-4′ lengths (if you don’t have these growing in your garden, they are available to purchase most places). Note: if you trim your dogwood early, the new growth will be bright red and long enough to use, older growth is darker red. Arrange the evergreen on the bottom (with the cut ends hidden in the centre), then push the dogwood branches into the ground as a backdrop. Add 6″ red and silver Christmas ornaments and tack 2 balls in each planter with tent pegs. Include some frosted pine cones, a couple of sprigs of silver branches, and a large red mesh bow.”

Use your imagination. With the wide range of decorations and colors available today this could be created in practically any color scheme.

Happy Decorating!