of the native "ditch" daylily is the quintessential daylily that no garden should be without.
The throat of her vibrant petals is scarved in a burgundy and yellow that seems to bleed into the clementine-colored petals.
Against the vivid spring-green leaves, the effect is stunning.
this daylily will also perform nicely in semi-shade, though she will have more foliage than flowers.
If you seek a sunrise in your garden, you'll want to plant some of these native daylilies.
Things to Note
Among the absolute most hardy (thus the common name, "Ditch") daylilies, she will also survive
though her flowers will be stunted and fewer without regular watering.
This variety is
and remains without foliage for some period of time that is variable by growing region.
We love using
Blue Spruce Stonecrop
with her lemon-yellow blossoms,
with her sunny blooms, and 'Orange' as a trio together in a bed.
orange and yellow
tones create a canvas of warm, happy tones and the foliage textures are breathtaking.
about bare root plants
(especially the paragraph about bare root grasses) so you know what to expect.
General information about Hemerocallis (Daylily):
If you love lilies, you will adore our selection of daylilies!
Offering a look-alike blossom in such a range of colors and bloom times that you can actually achieve a full season of color from a single species of flower, our daylilies are among the hardiest and most prized.
Essentially, we’ve done the work for you, isolating the best options from pale yellow to dark golden hues and from mauves to pinks.
blade-like foliage arches gracefully from the daylily creating a complete groundcover useful for
as specimen plants or background plantings.
Of course our selections are also reliable favorites tolerating a wide variety of soil conditions.
Varieties are listed below by color and include individual plant information such as
height, bloom time and winter habit in zone.
A garden of daylilies looks like a summer tea party with orange and yellow china cups suspended amidst a tablecloth of green foliage.
Why are they so beloved?
Simply put, few garden perennials are easier to grow than daylilies.
They are tolerant of
high heat, and
but do bloom better with regular watering.
They’re also pest resistant.
Daylilies form a dense groundcover,
choking out weeds
in the process.
and some are
Otherwise undemanding, daylilies will do best with at least six hours of sunlight and reasonably fertile soil.
They perform well in a wide range of well-drained soils; however, they will steal the show if you give them a deep, fertile loam.
Impervious to just about anything nature throws at them, you will still observe climatic conditions, seasonal weather variations, and general plant health all play a factor in a plant's ability to
They are used for
borders and edging,
cut flowers, massing over large areas, in clumps as color accents, as backgrounds, and in containers.
Mixing early and late season bloomers in the same bed creates wave upon wave of color month after month.
Most people are familiar with the versatility and vivid fusion of color daylilies bring to gardens, but what you will find among our selections are the cream of the crop offering color and bloom-time variety in addition to reputations for excellent performance. You just can’t go wrong!
See all daylilies
Things to Note
Our daylilies are field grown
and have been in the ground at least two growing seasons, resulting in a large, hardy plant you will love.
After you have placed your order, the daylilies are freshly dug, any long tops are cut back, and the plants are packed in peat moss.
This ensures that the daylilies will quickly establish themselves in your garden while experiencing little transplant shock.
Keep in mind, most daylily plants shipped during summer will probably not bloom the same year.
Daylilies delivered in early spring will have just begun to break dormancy, thus will tend to have smaller, tenderer top growth, and most will develop flower buds the first year.
Some people ask about
We assure you we have never had daylily rust at our nursery.
Some of our daylilies are described as "semi-evergreen", meaning that they retain at least some of their green foliage well into winter (shedding leaves in cold climates but not where winters are mild).
Daylilies are edible
The young green leaves are edible raw or cooked. Older leaves become fibrous. Tubers are also edible raw or cooked with a savory, nutty flavor. Young tubers are best, though the central portion of older tubers is also good. Steam or boil the tubers as a potato substitute, or toss them raw onto a salad instead of croutons. The flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. The petals are thick and crunchy, making very pleasant eating raw, with a nice sweetness at the base because of the nectar. They taste somewhat like fresh peas. They can be fried for storage and used as a thickener in soups and stews, or used as a relish. Leaves and young shoots can be cooked and used as a substitute for asparagus or celery. Take small shoots, strip away the larger leaves, sauté in a little garlic and oil, add raw to salads, or simply steam and drench in butter for a nice, crunchy treat.
Day lilies arrived in great shape - exactly what I ordered.
The plants where healthy and a little larger than I expected. They do come as single stalks so not a clump. I ordered 25 and received 27 or 28 counting a few that were smaller. They began growing a day or two after planting, they appeared to be fresh dug and... Read full review >
We were very pleased with the quality of our bare root plants! These have been the best plants we have ever bought and will continue with Classy Ground covers for quality plants in the future!! Thank you
07/19/2018 Update. We were very pleased with the quality... Read full review >
My plants arrived in a timely manner, planted them all the same day. I ordered 50 bulbs and receive 53 which I thought was quite nice. I'll let you know how things progress, they've only been in the ground for a little less then a week, so fingers crossed... Read full review >
Our bare root plants (several extra plants included) arrived when expected, packed very well in a plastic lined box with damp peat and newspaper. The plants were all in good shape and we got them in the ground over two days. It is now three days after the last... Read full review >
Daylilies will do best placed in a wide planting hole, preferably amended with
, rotted manure and some balanced fertilizer.
Spread out the roots and plant the crowns about 2 inches below the soil surface.
Water well after planting, and do not let them dry out until established.
Applying a balanced fertilizer in the spring as plants emerge will promote the amount and duration of blooming.
It is recommended that you remove old foliage in late winter for best spring results.
Be aware that daylilies will not thrive in poorly draining soil and will rot under soggy conditions.
Fertilizing your plants immediately after each bloom period will promote
Zones 3 and 4
mulch with 5-6 inches of well-draining mulch in winter.
Remember to remove mulch away from the crowns in spring.
General information that applies to all plants:
- Ground preparation, fertilization, pH
- Planting instructions
- Explanation and description of bare roots
- How to plant bare root plants
- If you cannot plant bare roots right away