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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 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers.

COS-31 1/$31.50 2/$60.50 3/$86 4/$111 5/$135 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, dormant, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-08 1/$6.50 3/$18 5/$28 10/$52 25/$117 SOLD OUT
BLACK FALCON, 1941        It’s Back!
Back in the day, ‘Black Falcon’ was celebrated as the darkest daylily of all, and 70 years later it’s still a stunner. A glowing center of molten gold makes its rippled, mahogany-red petals seem even darker. It’s free-flowering, easy-growing, mid-summer blooming, 32-36”, dormant, for zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-05 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”, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
HM-22 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
CORKY, 1959        Rarest & It’s Back!
This great little daylily has a lot of famous friends. Ken Druse first urged us to offer it, Christopher Lloyd called it a “first-rate AGM winner,” and Pamela Harper in Time-Tested Plants writes, “I doubt that any daylily will ever please me more than ‘Corky’.” Its small, wildflowery blooms are shaded with bronze on the outside, and since every wiry stem holds up to 40 buds, they open for a long time. 34”, mid-season, dormant, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-19 1/$10.50 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$84 25/$189 SOLD OUT
EVELYN CLAAR, 1949        It’s Back!
One of the best of the ground-breaking mid-century pinks, ‘Evelyn’ is a warm, peachy-pink highlighted by a glowing, golden throat. Free-flowering and vigorous, it was bred by University of Chicago botany professor Ezra Kraus – who clearly knew what he was doing. 24-30”, early-mid, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care.
HM-06 1/$8 3/$22 5/$34.50 10/$64 25/$144 SOLD OUT
GOLD DUST, 1905        Rarest
Exceptionally early-blooming, this cheery little daylily opens its fragrant, cinnamon-shaded flowers just as spring is turning into summer (and when it’s happy, it often reblooms). It’s also one of the oldest daylilies, by the very first person to breed them, English schoolteacher George Yeld, who crossed the classic lemon lily with the Japanese H. dumortieri to get this enduring charmer. Just 24-26”, very early, dormant, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
HM-17 1/$7 3/$19 5/$30 10/$56 25/$126 SOLD OUT
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, LEMON LILY, 1570        Rarest
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”, dormant, zones 3a-7a(9aWC), from Vermont and Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-03 1/$16.50 3/$45 5/$71 10/$132 25/$297 SOLD OUT
LUTEOLA, 1900        Rarest & New
One of the oldest daylilies of all, and very hard to find today, this lightly fragrant beauty is the only daylily I was growing in my front yard – until we dug it up to share with you. (No problem!) It was bred by R. Wallace and Co., importers of some of the first daylilies from China, and praised in the June 1900 Country Life as “a Day Lily of great beauty, vigorous and handsome.” 26-32”, mid-summer, dormant, zones 5a-8a(10aWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart and care.
HM-34 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
MARSE CONNELL, 1952        New
This exuberant daylily is one of our favorite reds. We like its long, pointed petals, its big, bright, star-like center, and that breeder Hooper Connell of Baton Rouge named it for his grandfather. 34-38”, mid, evergreen, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
HM-35 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
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