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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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Classic Daylilies sampler   
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With cottage-garden grace and surprising diversity, antique daylilies are waiting to be rediscovered by modern gardeners. Sample their old-fashioned charms with 3 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.

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Annette daylily    1945

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

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Annette daylily    1945
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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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Autumn Minaret daylily    1951
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Last offered in 2020. 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 and care. Last offered in 2020. We offer a rotating selection of daylilies. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Baggette daylily    1945
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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, 32-36”, mid-season, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Baggette daylily    1945
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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, 32-36”, mid-season, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Black Falcon daylily    1941

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”, deciduous, for zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Black Falcon daylily    1941

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”, deciduous, for zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Challenger daylily    1949
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Last offered in 2021. 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, 3-4 fans, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. Last offered in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Corky daylily    1959
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Last offered in 2020. 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 and care. Last offered in 2020. We offer a rotating selection of daylilies. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Crimson Pirate daylily    1951

With up to 30 buds per stem, this Nebraska-bred classic will brighten your mid-summer garden with six weeks of star-like, jewel-toned blossoms that are as graceful as wildflowers. Named for a hit movie that later inspired Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s another masterpiece from the great Henry Sass whose family introduced so many enduringly popular iris and peonies. 30-32”, mid-season, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Crimson Pirate daylily    1951

With up to 30 buds per stem, this Nebraska-bred classic will brighten your mid-summer garden with six weeks of star-like, jewel-toned blossoms that are as graceful as wildflowers. Named for a hit movie that later inspired Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s another masterpiece from the great Henry Sass whose family introduced so many enduringly popular iris and peonies. 30-32”, mid-season, deciduous, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Gold Dust daylily    1905

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, deciduous, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Gold Dust daylily    1905

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, deciduous, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Kindly Light daylily    1949

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

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Kindly Light daylily    1949

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

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H. fulva ‘Kwanso’,
Kwanso double daylily    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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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H. fulva ‘Kwanso’,
Kwanso double daylily    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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus,
lemon lily daylily    1570
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Last offered in 2021. 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, 24-32”, deciduous, zones 3a-7a(9aWC), from Vermont and Ann Arbor. Chart and care. Last offered in 2021 and we hope to offer it summer 2022. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Libby Finch daylily    1949
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Last offered in 2021. The “rich, lustrous, velvety black cherry color” of this old daylily (in the words of the 1949 Schreiner’s catalog) would be great no matter what, but it’s the creamy white line down the center of each petal that makes it so striking and unforgettable. You’ll find yourself drawn to it from across the garden – and looking forward to it every summer. 34-36”, mid-season, dormant, 2 fans, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farm. Chart and care. Last offered in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Luteola daylily    1900
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Last offered in 2021. One of the oldest daylilies of all, and very hard to find today. This lightly fragrant beauty came from a clump growing in OHG founder Scott’s 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.” 28-32”, early-mid, deciduous, 2 fans, zones 5a-8a(10aWC), grown by us here in Ann Arbor. Chart and care. last offered in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Luxury Lace daylily    1959

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

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Luxury Lace daylily    1959
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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. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Mikado daylily    1929
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Last offered in 2021. This striking daylily was one of Stout’s first and favorite introductions. Over the years its bold mango-and-mahogany coloring and graceful star-like form have won it many fans, including the great Elizabeth Lawrence who praised it as one of her “15 Best.” Vigorously multiplying and floriferous, it often reblooms in the fall in warm areas. 30-36”, early-mid season, semi-evergreen, 2 fans, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farm. Chart and care. Last offered in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Port daylily    1941
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Last offered in 2016. We love how profusely this charming little daylily blooms, and how its small, rusty red flowers glow warmly in the summer sun. Bred by the great A.B. Stout, it was named by globe-trotting “lady botanist” Mary Gibson Henry in memory of her youngest son, Porteous. 26-32”, early-mid to mid, semi-evergreen, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farm. Chart and care. Last offered in 2016. We’re building up stock and plan to offer it again in the future. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Rosalind daylily    1941
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Last offered in 2021. One of the most famous daylilies of all, this wild beauty was the best of the three reddish forms of Hemerocallis fulva sent to A.B. Stout from China in 1924 – and which Stout used to breed the very first of the thousands of pink, red, and purple daylilies that have graced gardens ever since then. Rusty red with a darker eye-zone, 38-42”, late-mid, dormant, 2 large fans, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor farm. Chart and care. Last offered in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Royal Beauty daylily    1947

Bred by Ophelia “Bright” Taylor, winner of the AHS’s highest award for hybridizers, this purple-shaded, wine-colored daylily has slender petals curling back gracefully from a vivid yellow throat. It’s been a favorite oldie of our Missouri growers for over 40 years thanks to its “rich color, recurved petals, and beautiful foliage.” 32-36”, mid-season, semi-evergreen, zones 5a-9a(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Royal Beauty daylily    1947

Bred by Ophelia “Bright” Taylor, winner of the AHS’s highest award for hybridizers, this purple-shaded, wine-colored daylily has slender petals curling back gracefully from a vivid yellow throat. It’s been a favorite oldie of our Missouri growers for over 40 years thanks to its “rich color, recurved petals, and beautiful foliage.” 32-36”, mid-season, semi-evergreen, zones 5a-9a(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Salmon Sheen daylily    1950

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, 30-36”, 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, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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Salmon Sheen daylily    1950
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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, 30-36”, 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, click here to sign up for an email alert.

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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.