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All bulbs for spring 2021 are SOLD OUT. (Thank you!) Order for NEXT spring starting in July.


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 3-4 fans (growing points). Plant in full sun to light shade, and learn more here.


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CLASSIC DAYLILIESWeb-Only & Sampler

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).

For more of each variety, order additional samplers. Daylily care.

COS-31 1/$32 2/$61 3/$86.50 4/$109 5/$128 SOLD OUT

ANNETTE, 1945It’s Back!

Red-headed ‘Annette’ is a spunky little World War II daylily with curling, ribbon-like petals and a wide-open heart of pure sunshine. At just 20 inches tall, it’s perfect for small gardens or the front of a perennial border. It’s one of the most enduring legacies of Texan H.M. Russell who at one point was growing more daylilies than anyone else in America. Early-mid summer, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. 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.

HM-04 1/$8 3/$23 5/$36 10/$68 25/$160 SOLD OUT

AUGUST PIONEER, 1939It’s Back!

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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HM-08 1/$8 3/$23 5/$36 10/$68 25/$160 SOLD OUT

AUTUMN MINARET, 1951Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart, care, and learn more. 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.

HM-24 1/$14 3/$40 SOLD OUT

BAGGETTE, 1945Rarest & It’s Back!

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”, mid-season, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. 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.

HM-36 1/$8 3/$23 5/$36 10/$68 25/$160 SOLD OUT

CORKY, 1959Rarest & 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, deciduous, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart, care, and learn more. 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.

HM-19 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

LUTEOLA, 1900Rarest & It’s Back!

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”, early-mid, deciduous, zones 5a-8a(10aWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart and care. 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.

HM-34 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

LUXURY LACE, 1959It’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. 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.

HM-10 1/$7.50 3/$21.50 5/$34 10/$63.50 25/$150 SOLD OUT

MARSE CONNELL, 1952Web-Only & It’s Back!

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-season, evergreen, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. 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.

HM-35 1/$7.50 3/$21.50 5/$34 10/$63.50 25/$150 SOLD OUT

ORANGEMAN, 1902Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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. Chart and care. 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.

HM-18 1/$9 3/$25.50 5/$40.50 10/$76.50 25/$180 SOLD OUT

SALMON SHEEN, 1950Web-Only & It’s Back!

Winner of the Stout Medal, the AHS’s highest honor, this sophisticated beauty is a subtle, peachy-orange and copper-tinted color highlighted by a glowing, golden throat and midrib-lines. We love its unusual form, too, which combines three narrow, curling petals with three broader petals that are pinched at the tips for an angular, asymmetrical look. Often reblooms if cut back, 34-36”, early-mid, evergreen, zones 4a-9a(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HM-37 1/$8 3/$23 5/$36 10/$68 25/$160 SOLD OUT

THERON, 1934Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! This rarely offered, landmark daylily was bred by A.B. Stout, the New York Botanic Garden scientist who unlocked the amazing potential of daylilies, setting them on the road to superstardom. Although Stout introduced 92 remarkable daylilies, he’s said to have been especially proud of ‘Theron’, whose mahogany blooms made it the first “red” daylily. 30”, early-mid blooming, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart, care, and learn more. 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.

HM-12 1/$10 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$85 25/$200 SOLD OUT

DAYLILY ARCHIVES — For customer tips and raves, history, news, and more, see our Daylillies Newsletter Archives.

PLANTING & CARE — Plant these bare-root perennials as soon as possible in the spring. They’re eager to grow, can take light frost, and need water and sunlight to stay healthy. If necessary, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days or “heel in” briefly in moist sand or soil in a shady spot.

Daylilies like lots of sun but most bloom well in light shade, too, and often prefer it in the South. Loamy, well-drained soil suits them best, but they’re adaptable and should do fine in any soil that’s not too wet or dry.

Plant 18-24 inches apart (to leave growing room for future years) with the crown (where the foliage meets the roots) no more than one inch below the soil surface. Dig a hole big enough to fit the roots comfortably, mound soil in the center, set the plant on top, and spread the roots out down the sides of the mound. Fill in and firm soil around roots, making sure the crown ends up no more than one inch deep. Water well.

Water regularly, especially the first year and from spring till flowering in future years. First-year plants usually bloom sparsely — if at all — concentrating instead on developing a strong root system. Deadhead (remove) spent blooms daily for a neater look and, to increase bloom the following year, remove any seedpods that may form.

After bloom, normal senescence (aging) may cause foliage to subside, yellow, or turn brown at the tips. If this bothers you, feel free to trim it a bit or even cut the foliage to the ground completely — though not the first year! With good care, fresh new foliage will emerge.

Daylilies are hardy perennials and winter protection is rarely needed. In spring, remove dead foliage, fertilize if indicated by a soil test, and resume watering.

For more information, including tips on the few pests and diseases that occasionally trouble daylilies, see the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the excellent American Hemerocallis Society website.


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