These Daylilies Bloom All Summer

Bring sunshine yellow to your garden this summer.

No matter if you're a wet-behind-the-ears beginner or a grizzled veteran like Grumpy, daylilies are among the easiest perennials to grow—no matter where in the South you live. All they need are full to part sun and moist soil and you're set. Many bloom just once for around four to seven weeks in summer and they're done. Some will flower more than once, though, and that's why Grumpy enjoys growing reblooming daylilies like this one, called 'Happy Returns.'

'Happy Returns' is a very apt description, because it doesn't bloom just once. It blooms off-and-on from May through September in my garden, and that makes me very happy. Bright yellow blooms, 3.5-inches wide stand on 18-inch stalks above compact tufts of foliage. I photographed these last Saturday. Beautimous!

Daylily Garden Bed
Daylilies are easy to divide to get more. This border started with a single plant. Steve Bender

Another excellent feature of this plant is how easily it can be multiplied. All you see here I grew from a single plant set out about seven years ago. That first plant grew into a nice-sized clump in two years. I then divided the clump into eight smaller ones in early spring. Now those clumps are as plump as the first and I enjoy hundreds of blossoms in a front yard border.

Maybe yellow isn't your color, though. That's OK. Reblooming daylilies come in lots of different colors and sizes. Among them are 'Apricot Sparkles' (soft-apricot blooms of three inches or more, around 18 inches tall), 'Frankly Scarlet' (deep red, four-inch flowers and can reach 24 inches tall), 'Janice Brown' (warm-toned pink with rose eye, with four-inch flowers, about 21 inches tall), and 'Pardon Me' (burgundy with flowers around three inches, 12-18 inches tall).

"That's great," you say. "You've excited me beyond all human understanding, but where can I buy reblooming daylilies?" Lots of places, including better garden centers and local daylily farms (it's surprising how many there are). If you strike out there, Oakes Daylilies is a great online source.

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Daylilies have few pests other than deer, but if you are having any issues growing these hearty plants, common insect pests, like aphids and slugs, could be an issue.

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