P. Allen Smith's


I always recommend daylilies for a garden because they’re low-maintenance, showy, and the late-blooming varieties will offer bold, trumpet blossoms until fall. I plant them everywhere at the farm—in the terrace gardens, near the house in containers, and even in the vegetable garden.

Give them full sun and they will produce seemingly endless waves of trumpet-shaped flowers. And if you choose early, mid, and late-season blooming varieties you will reap these rewards well into summer.


The daylily is a member of the lily family as are such other plants as onions and hyacinths, but it is not a lily. Its botanical name is HEMEROCALLIS, derived from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day”. Individual blooms are generally open for only a day, but there are successive flowers for a number of days during the blooming season.

The daylily is a fibrous-rooted, hardy, herbaceous perennial. Roots are finger-like in appearance, varying in size from tiny and threadlike to large, rounded, fleshy. There is a crown at the junction where the roots and leaves join. The foliage is narrow and long, and grows more or less in the shape of a fan.



Hemerocallis spp.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Loamy, Sandy

Spring through Fall

Full Sun

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