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ARE DAYLILIES BULBS? Not really, but bulb catalogs in the past offered their thick, fleshy roots, and today many antique daylilies are at risk, so we’ve added them to our Ark. Modern daylilies can be amazing, but older ones blend better into most gardens. They’re not huge or gaudy, and their classic, lily-like forms are full of grace.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Daylilies are one of the easiest of all perennials. See what you’ll get: freshly dug, bare-root plants with 2-4 fans (growing points). Plant in full sun to light shade, and learn more here.


With cottage-garden grace and surprising diversity, antique daylilies are waiting to be rediscovered by modern gardeners. Sample their old-fashioned charms with 4 of our favorites, all different, labeled, and great for your area. (Several possibilities are pictured.) For zones 4a-8b(9aWC). Daylily care.

For more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COS-31 1/$31.50 2/$60.50 3/$86 4/$111 5/$136 SOLD OUT
AUGUST PIONEER, 1939        
Our longest blooming daylily, ‘August Pioneer’ opens its bright, graceful trumpets for up to eight weeks. Its color is something special, too, a softly glowing orange with hints of apricot that blends in harmoniously yet will draw you across the garden. And it multiplies quickly. All in all, it’s a masterpiece from A.B. Stout, the patriarch of daylilies. 34”, mid-late, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-08 1/$5.53 3/$15.30 5/$23.80 SOLD OUT
BAGGETTE, 1945        Rarest & New
Cute as a button, this Texas-bred heirloom combines petals of cool, pale, lemon yellow with lightly ruffled petals of old-rose-to-burgundy brightened by a wide yellow midrib-line. Its extended blooming habit means its profuse flowers stay open longer than most, giving you more time to enjoy them. AHS Award of Merit winner, 28-32”, early-mid, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-36 1/$7.20 3/$19.80 5/$31.05 10/$57.60 SOLD OUT
BLACK FRIAR, 1951        It’s Back!
With its velvety, wine-dark petals, chartreuse throat, and graceful, lily-like form, ‘Black Friar’ is one of the best of the mid-century “black” daylilies. Tall and vigorous, it was bred by the first woman to win the AHS’s top award for hybridizing, “Sun-Proof” Mary Lester of Georgia. 38-40”, mid-to-late, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-21 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
CHALLENGER, 1949        
This dramatically tall, colorful daylily will draw your eye from the farthest reaches of your garden. It gets its height – five feet or more here – from H. altissima, native to the mountains of Nanjing, and with 25-30 buds per stem, its striking red flowers will entertain you from mid-summer into fall. By A.B. Stout, 48-72”, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from from Missouri. Chart, care, and learn more.
HM-22 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 SOLD OUT
CIRCE, 1937        
With charming, not-so-big flowers of a lemon yellow that’s both soft and bright, this rarely offered Depression-era beauty mingles easily with other perennials and adds a cooling note to the mid-summer garden. It was bred by the master A.B. Stout himself who liked it so well that he named it for Odysseus’s enchantress, the “loveliest of all immortals.” Long-blooming, 36-42”, mid-summer blooming, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-16 1/$7 3/$19 SOLD OUT
KINDLY LIGHT, 1949        It’s Back!
“Did you see that?” everyone asked when this unusual daylily first bloomed here in our trial garden. With its long, thin, curling petals, a clump in bloom may remind you of fireworks bursting in the summer sky. A landmark daylily, it was the first “spider,” a form that’s now in vogue after decades of scorn. 24-36”, mid-summer blooming, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-07 1/$6.75 3/$18.45 5/$29.25 10/$54 SOLD OUT
H. fulva ‘Kwanso’, KWANSO DOUBLE, 1860        
With three sets of petals tucked neatly inside one another, this opulent daylily is quirky enough to appeal to Victorian gardeners yet “handsome” enough (to quote taste-maker Louise Beebe Wilder in 1916) to earn it a leading role in the sumptuous Red Borders at England’s famous Hidcote Gardens. 36-40”, early summer blooming, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-02 1/$6 3/$16.40 5/$26 10/$48 SOLD OUT
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, LEMON LILY, 1570        
True stock! Many daylilies are mistakenly called lemon lily, but ours is the true original. For centuries, this and the single orange “ditch lily” were the only daylilies common in gardens. Always the more prized, lemon lily is smaller, much more graceful, and early blooming, with a sweet scent that led one botanist in 1733 to call it the “Yellow Tuberose.” Best in cool climates and moist soils. We ship single fans of this great rarity. Formerly H. flava, 30-34”, deciduous, zones 3a-7a(9aWC), from Vermont and Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-03 1/$16.50 3/$45 5/$71 10/$132 SOLD OUT
LUXURY LACE, 1959        It’s Back!
When we asked the experts, this pastel gem topped the list of heirloom daylilies we just had to offer. Its pale, melon-pink color was an exciting advance for the 1950s, and – enhanced by a cool green throat – it’s still exciting and lovely today. Winner of the Stout Medal, it was bred by Edna Spalding of rural Louisiana who grew her seedlings in the vegetable garden and culled the rejects with a kitchen knife. 32”, mid-summer blooming, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-10 1/$6.75 3/$18.45 5/$29.25 10/$54 SOLD OUT
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