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Culture & Care for Daylilies

All other differences in cultivars noted below

Hardiness    Zones 3-7

Light           Full sun to light shade

Moisture      Average, adaptable

Soil             Average, best on moderately fertile

 

Daylilies are still a workhorse for any garden, from a municipal parking lot planting to a cottage garden or used on the moist edges of a rain filtration garden. They are long-lived and require very little maintenance beyond initial site prepation, mulching and perhaps dividing old clumps to produce more flowers. They rarely spread by seed, and are slowly spreading; they work well with many other perennials and shrubs. For the adventurous, daylily buds and flower petals are edible and used in Asian cooking. 

 

Recommendations for growing Daylilies

Daylilies will adapt to almost any soil, but prefer something near average to moist, slightly acidic well-drained loam. They adapt well to drought and hot locations, but can get leaf scorch on the driest sites mid-summer. Flowering is enhanced on full sun sites with good moisture, so mulch is highly recommended and tolerated. Low maintenance once established. Over time though, clumps may become crowded and produce less flowers, division is easy early spring and late fall to rejuvenate. 

Near White Daylilies
Hemerocallis 'Pandora's Box'

Height         16-20 inches (40-50 cm)

Flower         Cream-white with purple and green throat

Blooming     Midsummer, rebloomer

Vigorous selection, fills in mass planting rapidly.

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
 
Yellow Daylilies
Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'

Height         16-18 inches (40-45 cm)

Flower         Canary yellow, medium size, high bud count

Blooming     Constantly June to frost
One of the best varieties for mass urban plantings, very heat tolerant.

 

Hemerocallis 'Hyperion'

Height         40 inches (100 cm)

Flower         Canary yellow, green throat, fragrant, extra-large 6"/15 cm flowers 

Blooming     Mid-late summer

 

Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus

Height         30-36 inches (75-90 cm), grass-like leaves

Flower         Lemon yellow, citrus fragrance

Blooming     Earliest to flower, late May-June

 

Hemerocallis 'Yellowstone'

Height         20-24 inches (50-60 cm)

Flower         Lemon yellow with green throat, fragrant medium-large flowers

Blooming     Midsummer, rebloomer

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

Orange Daylilies
Hemerocallis 'Stella D'Oro'

Height         12-14 inches (30-35 cm)

Flower         Golden yellow-orange, 3"/7 cm flowers, heavy bud count

Blooming     Constantly June to frost

Popular award-winning variety for mass urban plantings, fills in rapidly and can tolerate more compacted soils.

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
 
Red/Burgundy Daylilies
Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'

Height         16-20 inches (40-50 cm)

Flower         Bright red with yellow throat, medium sized flower

Blooming     Midsummer

 

Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me'

Height         18 inches (45 cm)

Flower         Deep cranberry red with yellow-green throat, 3"/7 cm flowers

Blooming     Midsummer, rebloomer

Award-winning selection with clean foliage suitable for mass urban plantings, as alternate colour choice to 'Stella D'Oro'.

 

Hemerocallis 'Red Magic'

Height         30 inches (60 cm)

Flower         Red with yellow throat, skinny petals, large 5"/12 cm flowers

Blooming     Early summer

 

Hemerocallis 'Red Select'

Height         30 inches (75 cm)

Flower         Rich deep red, large flowers 

Blooming     Midsummer

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
Pink Daylilies
Hemerocallis 'Fairytale Pink'

Height         24 inches (30 cm)

Flower         Ruffled soft pink, wide petals, large 5"/12 cm flowers

Blooming     Midsummer, rebloomer

 

Hemerocallis 'Patricia Fay'

Height         24-30 inches (30-40 cm)

Flower         Deep rose pink with green throat, heavy bud count, large flowers

Blooming     Midsummer

 

See culture and care above

Sold in 4.5" (11 cm) pots and 1 gallon
Bareroot divisions available on request

 
Companions for Daylilies