Daylilies

Daylilies are in gorgeous bloom in the month of July.  The daylily is an interesting perennial plant that takes its name from its edible flowers which typically last just one day, opening in early morning and withering the following night.  Each day the flower is replaced by a new bloom from one of many buds on each stalk and one of many stocks in each clump of plants.  Daylilies come in a rainbow of colors and many different sizes and are suitable for all types of landscapes.

Here are a few varieties to consider adding to your garden:

 

Bella Lugosi

Hemerocallis ‘Bella Lugosi’

Widely regarded as one of the best purple daylilies on the market, this plant features 6″ wide saturated true purple flowers with a lime green throat. The purple pigment is  very sunfast for such a dark color, which means no fading in our intense sun! Bella Lugosi is a strong grower, well-branched, and heavily budded. This is a tetraploid daylily, meaning is has larger and more substantial flowers, stronger stalks, and more vigorous growth than diploid varieties.

  • Height: 24″-36″”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Deep purple with green throat
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. direct sun)

 

Ruby Spider

Hemerocallis ‘Ruby Spider’

One look and it’s easy to see why this incredible daylily is a multiple award winner!  The gigantic 9″ dark ruby red flowers are officially classified as “unusual form-spatulate” because the petals are long and spoon-shaped.  The petals open very wide and flat, displaying the large, golden yellow throat and matching midribs nicely. Planted singly or en masse, this outstanding daylily is sure to make a huge visual impact in the landscape!

  • Height: 34”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Desert Flame

Hemerocallis ‘Desert Flame’

Desert Flame will set your benches and gardens ablaze with the large 5 ½”, flaming red-orange blossoms.  This daylily produces beautifully ruffled flowers with a lime green throat and orange stamens.  Desert Flame is a rebloomer that blooms first in midseason and then again later in fall. This is a taller daylily with very strong well-budded and branched flower stalks and foliage that looks sharp all season long.

  • Height: 36”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Orange/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Orange Smoothie

Hemerocallis ‘Orange Smoothie’

Orange Smoothie Daylilies feature stunning, super ruffled flowers with velvety orange petals, rose band, green throat and a light pink mid-rib. They have well-branched, 4-way scapes with upwards of 32 buds per scape, packing quite a punch with its flower performance. Its reblooming flowers are cookie-cutter consistent in form and color and its diamond dusting will dazzle you as it sparkles in direct sun. Orange Smoothie combines well with pastel and bold colors alike, making it a great choice for landscape designers. Plant en masse for a truly stunning display!

  • Height: 24”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Gold/ Orange Shades
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Sunlight: Full Sun (minimum 6 hrs. direct sun)

 

Originally published on July 3rd, 2018. Updated on July 1st, 2020.