Happy Returns Daylily

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Compact plant with big performance, Why not add a big dose of cheerful, happy yellow in your landscape? Happy Returns Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns') is one of the best early blooming Daylilies! It's a prolific producer of clear, light yellow-toned blooms. It blooms its head off for you every single year starting in May and continuing all season long!

There are so many ways to use a small, cute little flower factory like this. Happy Returns is becoming one of the most popular Daylily because of its compact habit and its continuous blooming. People just love this awarding winning plant!

One of the parent plants of Happy Returns is the most popular reblooming Daylily, Stella D' Oro, with its bright, golden-yellow blooms. But Happy Returns features ruffled flowers that are a clear pale yellow without a trace of red or orange.

Happy Returns opens up so many more design possibilities for your landscape. And those beautiful, slightly translucent flowers are fragrant! You'll be thrilled to see its non-stop flower production, and so will your local butterflies and Hummingbirds!

The flowers keep coming, too. While each only lasts a day, you'll get many, many blooms from each plant, giving you plenty of cut flowers for bouquets. The plant seems to pump out twice as many flowers as most other Daylilies.

Even the leaves are attractive! The overall look resembles a small fountain, with bright-bladed leaves arching up and out from the crown of the plant. No need to fuss or muss with this low-maintenance little workhorse. It will look great for you for months every single year, perfect for beginners and expert gardeners alike! Cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 2 to 9, there's little that bothers these herbaceous perennial plants!

Planting and Application:

There is nothing prettier (or easier!) than a long row of Daylilies edging the length of a garden bed. Use multiple plants to increase the impact of the long, strappy leaves. The sophisticated, clear-yellow, ruffled blooms of Happy Returns become a bright ribbon of beautiful color, polishing the whole look of your planting.

This is truly a flowering plant that works in every garden. Use it in the front of your garden border, along walkways, in the street-side hell strips, or in lush container gardens. For a continuous look, plant 12 to 18 inches apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. For mass plantings, use a staggered, zig-zagging planting pattern. Mulch between plants and keep them weeded until they grow together. It won't take long!

Happy Returns Daylily is wonderful when planted in mass as a fill plant to gain continual summer color. It's such a low-maintenance option, it can even be used in commercial landscapes. Try it in place of annual bedding plants. Outline the planting bed with a sweet little row of Baby Gem Boxwood for a fresh, modern take on a classic formal planting.

This compact plant is a wonderful partner to many other plants in your mixed borders or Rock Gardens. Keep things easy-breezy with selections like blue Sapphire Surf™ Bluebeard and McKay's White Potentilla behind Happy Returns. Or, mix with other Daylilies like Purple D' Oro and Stella D' Oro for an impactful, easy-care look. You'll love how well this variety blends with pink, blue and purple shades exceptionally well!

This variety also makes a wonderful Filler plant in large container gardens. Choose a wild Thriller like Black Diamond® Purely Purple™ Crape Myrtle in the center and add Happy Returns all around it up to the edge. Tuck in a few trailing vines or allow the slender leaves of the Daylily to gracefully arch over the sides of your container.

For landscapes in xeric and fire-prone areas, this plant is a wonderfully colorful selection to add to your defensible space near your home. It brightens things up and the fleshy roots store loads of water. Happy Returns is on many firescaping lists. Check with your local fire department to see if it is included on their list for your area.

The flowers of the Daylily are edible and are a popular colorful addition to any salads. All parts of the plant are edible, but the flowers are the most commonly consumed. Spruce up your vegetable patch with these bright blooms. Harvest the flower shoots when they first appear in the spring these are when they are most tender and can be chopped up and added to stir fry or pasta dishes.

  • Cheerful Lemon Yellow Blooms
  • Start Blooming Early in the Season - Blooms May - Frost
  • Fragrant Flowers Are Edible & Look So Pretty in Salads!
  • Compact Fountain-Like Habit Is So Versatile
  • Butterfly & Hummingbirds Magnet
  • Looks Amazing in Containers or in Perennial Beds

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Daylilies are easy to grow, and Happy Returns isn't the slightest bit fussy. Just give it a good sunny spot and well-drained soil. It tolerates partial shade, but flowers best in full sun. Daylilies are low-water usage plants (once established) but don't like to go completely dry. Mulch your plant 3-4 inches deep, and spread out 2 feet from the outside of the plant to keep roots cool and extend the period between watering.

Deadhead to remove spent blooms, and then the entire stems once all buds are spent to encourage repeat blooms throughout the season! This also helps keep the plant looking fresh and promotes maximum reblooming. Daylilies are susceptible to rust and some other foliage diseases so for that reason it is very important to cut all of the foliage to the ground in late fall after the plants have been exposed to a couple of frosts. Removing the foliage before winter prevents the overwintering of disease on the old leaves so it is best to always clean them up and dispose of the old foliage each year. Every 3-5 years, it is recommended you divide the clumps to keep them growing vigorously. In colder Zones, remove winter leaves as they die back in the fall. In mild Zone 9, Happy Returns on most years will be evergreen and requires almost no maintenance. Plant in regular potting soil in a pot with good drainage. Dr. Earth Mother Land Premium Organic Planting Mix is ideal for container growing.

  • Very Easy Care In Full Sun
  • Highly Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture - Low Once Established
  • Recommended for Firescaping, Disease & Pest-Free, Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Dependable Perennial Performs Every Year

Make sure you order more than one so that you can scatter them around your yard for sunny yellow flowers in your borders, beds and containers. Use Happy Returns Daylily around your landscape to tie the entire design together for a designer look. Enjoy! This variety is in high demand. Hurry, order your Happy Returns Daylily from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

Daylily Frequently Asked Questions

How do you take care of Daylilies?

Daylilies need full sun for the most flowers and well-drained soil. Provide moderate, regular moisture and fertility. Deadhead regularly, prune back in the fall, and divide every 3-5 years for best results.

Do Daylilies only bloom for one day?

Daylilies do only bloom for a single day, but you'll enjoy multiple buds per scape for a long-lasting display. Plus many varieties of Daylilies will rebloom with regular deadheading.

Do Daylilies come back every year?

Daylilies are hardy herbaceous perennial plants that regularly come back year after year bigger and better.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Daylilies for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Happy Returns Daylily Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pale Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes