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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.


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APRICOT, 1893Rarest

Here’s the beginning of daylilies as we know them today. Introduced in 1893 by schoolteacher George Yeld, ‘Apricot’ was the first hybrid daylily and its success opened the door for the 60,000 others that have followed. Spring-blooming (starting in early May here in zone 6a) and often reblooming in the fall, it has vivid little flowers of orange-yellow peeking above a fountain of leaves — making it well worth growing even if it weren’t so historic. 28-34”, early, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Last offered in 2015 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


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. Last offered in 2018 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


AUTUMN MINARET, 1951Rarest

Tall, tall, TALL – with bloom stalks up to 7 feet! – this remarkable daylily may get you and your garden visitors babbling. Up close its spidery, gold and chestnut flowers are nothing special, but when you see them held high against the sky on their strong, slender stalks – often with hummingbirds flitting about – they’re magic. By A.B. Stout, from the wild H. altissima, 5-7’, late blooming, lightly fragrant, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Last offered in 2016 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


BAGGETTE, 1945Rarest

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. Last offered in 2018 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


CABALLERO, 1941

‘Caballero’s long, curling petals are gold and an intriguing rusty brown (yes, brown!) that may remind you of saddle-leather and sandstone buttes – which is probably just what Stout had in mind when he named it. Caballeros were the noble “gentlemen-cowboys” of popular movies such as The Bold Caballero of 1936 with its dashing hero, Zorro. 36-40”, early-mid season, evergreen, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Last offered in 2016 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


CORKY, 1959

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, deciduous, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Last offered in 2017 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


LOUISE RUSSELL, 1959

At just two feet tall, this abundantly blooming, mid-century pink is perfect for small gardens or the front of the border. It’s a soft peachy pink with a lemon yellow throat, as cool and summery as pink lemonade pie. 18-24”, mid to late-mid, deciduous, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from Missouri. Last offered in 2016. We offer a rotating selection of daylilies. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


LUTEOLA, 1900

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, deciduous, zones 5a-8a(10aWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Last offered in 2017 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


MARSE CONNELL, 1952

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. Last offered in 2017 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


ORANGEMAN, 1902Rarest

We can’t understand why everyone isn’t growing this great little daylily. It blooms remarkably early – with the first bearded iris of May – and profusely, even in the half-shade of our old grape arbor. Its graceful, star-like flowers are a cheery yellow-orange that’s somewhere between mangoes and California poppies. And it’s one of the oldest survivors from the very dawn of daylily breeding, by school teacher George Yeld. 24-30”, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), from Missouri. Last offered in 2017 and we hope to offer this variety again in 2020. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.


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