Daylilies

Daylily 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, many different sizes and are suitable for all types of landscapes.

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

Stella d’Oro

Stella d’Oro is an old favorite and one of the most well-known and popular varieties.  It has a rich yellow-gold color and was the first daylily developed for multiple blooms in one season. Stella d’Oro begins blooming in early summer followed by waves of rebloom into early fall.  It reblooms best if plants are deadheaded.  Each flower bloom lasts at least 16 hours each.

  • Height: 15”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Yellow/ Gold/Orange
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

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

Desert Flame sets 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)

Nosferatu

Similar to the highly regarded daylily ‘Bela Lugosi’, this variety offers a shorter height, fragrant blossoms, and more prominent veining in the oval shaped petals. Nosferatu blooms midseason and produces large 6” shimmering dark purple flowers with a chartreuse throat and pie crust ruffled petals.  A high bud count on well-branched stalks ensures many weeks of bloom. 

  • Height: 26”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Purple/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Originally published on July 1, 2016.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

 

 

2 Responses to “Daylilies”

  1. Elaine Spencer says:

    In addition to the daylilies at FCN, there is a nice display (only, nothing for sale) of the astonishing diversity of daylilies at The Gardens on Spring Creek, in the daylily garden on the west side of the main building.

  2. Missy Schoenbaum says:

    FCN also has a great variety of reblooming day lilies. In addition to Stella De Oro and Purple De Oro, there are a number of varieties of the “Returns” family, such as Passionate Returns, Stephanie Returns, Happy Returns and Rosy Returns.

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