15 Fabulous Daylilies to Add to Your Garden
Are you looking for easy-care perennials to add some pizzazz to your garden? Daylilies are truly one of the best plants you can buy. They have breathtaking blossoms, attractive strap-like foliage that looks good all season long, they don’t need a ton of water, and they’ll even deadhead themselves for you!
While on a recent tour of gardens in the Buffalo, NY, area during the garden writers conference, we were treated to a visit to Lasting Dreams Daylilies. Their massive beds were absolutely filled with blooms. Each time I thought I’d found the most gorgeous daylily, I quickly discovered another that was even more stunning just a few steps away.
So I decided you absolutely MUST know about the following daylilies so you can create a wish list and add a few to your own garden. You can view their catalog at the above link and, believe me, they have hundreds of cultivars for you to choose from!
You’ll notice I’ve included information on whether the daylily type is diploid or tetraploid. According to the American Hemerocallis Society, this refers to the number of chromosomes in the plant, with diploid having 22 chromosomes and tetraploid having 44 chromosomes. Diploid daylilies tend to have more elegantly-shaped blossoms, whereas as tetraploids are known for having larger flowers and more vigorous growth.
Daylilies thrive in the sunshine so be sure to choose a nice sunny spot for yours.
Remember that you can click on any of the photos to view a much larger image (so you can drool over it!).
Gothic Window: 26″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
Panda Bear: 25″ tall, tetraploid, 5″ blooms
Paranoid Lovesick (this name cracks me up!): 29″ tall, tetraploid, 5.5″ blooms
Circumradient Dawn: 36″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
August Flame: 38″ tall, diploid, 5.25″ blooms
Festive Art: 30″ tall, tetraploid, 5″ blooms
Beyond Thunder Dome: 36″ tall, tetraploid (dreamy color, isn’t it?), 5″ blooms
Shrimp and Grits: 22″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
Brave Kemo Sabe: 30″ tall, tetraploid, 5.75″ blooms
Purple Cheetah: 32″ tall, tetraploid, 7.5″ blooms
Lord of Lightning: 26″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
Armed Azerbaijanies (a very unusual name!): 45″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
Be Here Now: 28″ tall, tetraploid, 6″ blooms
Betty Ford: 30″ tall, tetraploid, 5.5″ blooms
Leslie Renee: 24″ tall, tetraploid, 5″ blooms