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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
Part Sun, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
1-3 feet wide
how to grow Daylily
more varieties for Daylily
'Apple Tart' daylily
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
'Bright Sunset' daylily
Hemerocallis 'Bright Sunset' offers fragrant copper-orange flowers brushed with golden yellow. Zones 3-9
'Catherine Woodbury' daylily
Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbury' is a classic with fragrant large flowers of clear pale pink. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-9
Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' has very fragrant, large lemon-yellow single flowers that open toward evening. It grows 4 feet tall. Zones 3-9
'Little Grapette' daylily
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
'Mary Todd' daylily
Hemerocallis 'Mary Todd' is an old cultivar that blooms early with large, bright yellow flowers. It grows to 3 feet tall. Zones 4-10
'Stella d'Oro' daylily
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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Add a little sunshine to your garden with imposing ligularia. Its golden flower spikes or flattened heads of yellow daisylike flowers shine brightly in sun or part shade. The bold leaves are kidney-shape or jagged along the edges. These moisture lovers do beautifully at the edges of ponds and streams, and they must have deep, rich soil that remains moist. Position ligularia so it has a little shade during the heat of the day.
Long-blooming helenium lights up the late-season garden with showy daisy flowers in brilliant yellows, browns, and mahogany, centered with prominent yellow or brown discs. Many of the best cultivars are hybrids. All are excellent for cutting. Deadhead to extend bloom time, and divide the clumps every couple of years to ensure vigor.
Yarrow is one of those plants that give a wildflower look to any garden. In fact, it is indeed a native plant and, predictably, it's easy to care for. In some gardens, it will thrive with almost no care, making it a good candidate for naturalistic plantings in open areas and along the edges of wooded or other wild places.Its colorful, flat-top blooms rise above clusters of ferny foliage. The tough plants resist drought, are rarely eaten by deer and rabbits, and spread moderately quickly, making yarrow a good choice for massing in borders or as a groundcover. If deadheaded after its first flush of blooms fade, yarrow will rebloom. If left to dry on the plant, flower clusters of some types provide winter interest. Flowers of yarrow are excellent either in fresh or dried arrangements.