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Daylilies: A Smart Garden Investment

DaylilyDaylilies are some of the most recognizable blooms in gardens throughout the world, dazzling with dependable, colorful flowers in the summer garden. These fabulous perennials are some of the true cornerstones of any perennial garden. With little care, they grow in any soil type and multiply each year, making them one of the best garden investments. Many varieties are re-bloomers, putting on a colorful show twice in one season.

A Little History

Daylilies, genus Hemerocallis, are native to Asia. Hybridizers in the United States and England have been working with Daylilies since 1930, improving the species greatly. The original colors were yellow, orange, and red. Now, we get to enjoy a rainbow of colors in the dependable Hemerocallis. Many of the Daylilies you see growing in the wild in the US are actually varieties that have 'escaped' the hybridizers.

The Parts

Daylilies are known to form clumps and are made up of four parts. The roots of Daylilies are usually long and fibrous. The roots absorb the water and minerals for the plant, serving as a storage place for nutrients produce by the leaves. The crown is the stem of the Daylily, producing leaves and scapes. The leaves of Daylilies are long and grass-like. The scape of the Daylily is the stalk which produces the flowers. It typically does not have any leaves and there can be two or more per plant.

Mixed Daylilies

Will Daylilies Grow in my Garden?

Daylilies grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9. If you don't know your Hardiness Zone, find it out here. If you're in a warmer area (zones 9-10) and want to try planting Daylilies, put them in an area that does not receive full sun. For everyone else, DaylilyDaylilies require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and prefer well-draining soil. Daylilies are so famous and wide-spread because they are extremely easy to grow, tolerating most growing conditions. They also multiply quickly, making them a great garden investment.

Daylilies are deer resistant and if you choose a re-blooming variety, you'll get a show in the garden twice in one season. The versatility of the different colors, shapes, and sizes, makes it easy to pick a variety that will thrive in your garden. What are your experiences growing Daylilies? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

7 thoughts on “Daylilies: A Smart Garden Investment”

  • Cindy

    Only problem with daylilies, is that there are so many choices, and not enough room!!! Need alot of room fully enjoy all the varieties, and colors. Wonderful plant, love them, so thankful that I invested in them, have well over 200 different varieties, and am working on a new bed for next years purchases... Love the plant.

  • annie van wiechen
    annie van wiechen September 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I cannot get any to rebloom what do I do wrong ??????

    • pat vickers

      Hi Mike...I live in Austin TX and would like to know of daylilies which will grow in my area.

      • Jenny

        Hi Pat, here's a link to our current Daylily selection, that is shipping now and will perform well in Zone 8 (includes Austin):
        FYI, our spring-shipped Daylilies (shipped at the right time to plant in spring) will go live on our site (same exact page) around November 1st and will include many new varieties to choose from. Hope this helps and Happy Gardening! - Jenny

  • Debi Branda

    I live in Montana (a transplant from Kansas) and not sure if I'm in the correct zone for daylilies. Can I plant them now?

  • lihda snowden

    how can I get the daylilies that are in the picture. I would like someone to design me a flower garden with plenty of color.
    I would like the way the pictures of the daylilies set up all around my fence. I would like an yard full of flowers.

    • Mike Lizotte

      Hello Linda,

      Feel free to give us a call or e-mail and we'd be more than happy to assist with picking some varieties that would do well in your growing conditions!



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