With grassy arching blades and masses of 24-hour blooms, Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are unique perennials with a survivalist skill set that will make an action hero jealous!
Extensive breeding and crossing have brought forth many new diploid, triploid, and tetraploid selections that are hard to beat! These bunching perennials can handle almost anything! Check out the five most popular varieties of Daylilies at Nature Hills that you need for your landscape!
While not true Lilies, Perennial Daylilies used to just be orange or yellow, but today offerings have broadened their color and size horizons in many delightful ways! Now there are bold purple and plums, peachy/coral/pinks, light and deep red to burgundy/maroons, and even a couple of white offerings like Ice Carnival and Sunday Gloves!
The entire line of Rainbow Rhythm® Daylilies are gorgeous two-tone blooms with ruffled edges. They include the Storm Shelter with its deep plummy purple two-tone blooms with lighter petal edges and yellow throats. Tiger Swirl Daylily features shocking deep yellow blooms with a bold central chevron of deep red on each long curvy petal. Lastly, Orange Smoothie Daylily has broad soft orange cream petals with a darker orange stripe and yellow centers. Each petal has a lovely rippled edge and pink stripe down the center mid-rib!
Photos can’t do this incredibly showy and saturated orange/red bloom with slightly rippled petal edges. Growing over 3 feet tall and spreading about 2 feet wide, the huge 8-9 inch, tangerine orange spider-form flowers made the 2003 Stout Medal Winner.
Luscious pale yellow blooms with wide petals and saturated through and through color! The dense green foliage of this sun-lover is hard to notice because of the wave, after wave of repeat blooms!
The Stella de Oro was a groundbreaking Daylily variety, now there’s the Purple de Oro! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 2 to 9, and growing up to 2 feet tall and wide.
Deep rich velvety red with a green throat, this perennial is carefree and very resistant to Daylily rust. Heat, cold, drought, salt, and even pollution tolerant - Chicago Apache handles it all!
My personal favorite out of all these Daylily is the Lavender Blue Baby! Ruffled petal edges with two-tone lavender and plum blooms with a green center. These big, broad-petalled blooms look like luscious pinwheels!
Where can Daylilies be used in the garden? Anywhere there is sun and well-drained soil! They’re space-saving, bold, and elegant, some are even scented!
A long-lasting rebloomer, you’ll get months of color from these grassy green fountains of slender strappy foliage! Look for reblooming varieties and know that after the first round of flowers, it is super important to remove the entire flowering stems that just finished right down to the ground. By removing the old blooms and stems, you will encourage new flowering stems to be produced later in summer or fall.
Always remove all foliage to the ground after the plants have been exposed to frost and are dormant to prevent foliage disease to overwinter with the plants.
Check out everything you need to know about caring for and transplanting your Daylilies to maintain their vigor and longevity!
Did you know that Daylily blooms are edible? Sauté or stuff them and fry them, or sprinkle the petals into a salad! They are a pretty garnish for plating and drinks too!
Must-have garden workhorses, there’s something about the incredible Daylily! Cold-hardy and easy to grow, any Daylily is a gorgeous Daylily! Check out all the fantastic varieties available at Nature Hills!