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Daylily


Hemerocallis selections

Daylily

Daylilies are so easy to grow you'll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. And yet they look so delicate, producing glorious trumpet-shape blooms in myriad colors. In fact, there are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of flower sizes (the minis are very popular), forms, and plant heights. Some are fragrant.

The flowers are borne on leafless stems. Although each bloom lasts but a single day, superior cultivars carry numerous buds on each scape so bloom time is long, especially if you deadhead daily. The strappy foliage may be evergreen or deciduous.

Shown above: 'Little Grapette' daylily

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
3-10
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
6 inches to 4 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

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Hemerocallis 'Apple Tart' is a repeat bloomer that opens in the late afternoon with single bright red flowers accented with yellow stripes. It grows to 3 feet tall. Zones 3-9
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Hemerocallis 'Bright Sunset' offers fragrant copper-orange flowers brushed with golden yellow. Zones 3-9
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Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbury' is a classic with fragrant large flowers of clear pale pink. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-9
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Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' has very fragrant, large lemon-yellow single flowers that open toward evening. It grows 4 feet tall. Zones 3-9
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Hemerocallis 'Little Grapette' has single miniature flowers the color of grape juice with a greenish-yellow eye open in the late afternoon. It grows to 18 inches tall. Zones 4-10
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Hemerocallis 'Mary Todd' is an old cultivar that blooms early with large, bright yellow flowers. It grows to 3 feet tall. Zones 4-10
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Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro' is an extremely popular variety. It reblooms freely from midseason on with single brilliant gold flowers that are slightly fragrant. This tough plant grows only a foot or so tall. Zones 3-9
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Plant It With
Ligularia

The upright spikes of bright yellow flowers of 'The Rocket' ligularia add vertical accents to the more horizontal clumps of daylilies and blend particularly well with red, orange, and yellow cultivars.

Helenium

The yellow or coppery daisy flowers of helenium contrast well with trumpet-shape daylilies in a similar range of colors. Full-sun positions please both.

Yarrow

Yarrow has flattened flower heads in a wide range of colors from pastels to strong golds and yellow. The shape contrasts well with daylily flowers, and you can create interesting color combinations.

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