The botanical name for day lily is Hemerocallis, which means "beauty" and "day." The individual flowers bloom for only one day, but the plants can provide continuous bloom from many buds. Re-blooming day lilies give flowers more than once during the summer season. Day lilies are among the easiest perennials to grow, and they thrive in many garden conditions. They can be fertilized in spring at the beginning of the growing season and watered no more than once every two weeks. They are heat tolerant and drought tolerant.
Stella Del Oro
The Stout Silver Medal given by the American Hemerocallis Society is awarded each year to the best day lily cultivar introduced by a breeder. 'Stella Del Oro' won this award in 1985 and continues to be one of the most popular day lily cultivars. It is a dwarf variety that grows 18 to 20 inches in height. The flowers are bright yellow and bloom continuously all summer. This day lily does well in both full sun and partial shade.
This re-blooming cultivar is one of the closest to pure white amongst white day lilies. It has a 5-inch flower with a green throat. Blooming season begins in early summer.
'Always Afternoon' is another re-bloomer that gives continuous color all season long. It has rich lavender-mauve full-petaled blooms with ruffled edges. It's eye zone is deep purple and the throat is green. This cultivar is also a Stout Medal winner for superior quality. Blooms are 5 1/2 inches on a 22-inch tall plant.
This day lily has bright pink flowers with a large red eye zone. It re-blooms after a mid-season beginning. Its flowers are 4 inches across and the plant height is 24 inches. It was voted "Best Small Flower" in 1997 by the American Hemerocallis Society.
Fairy Tale Pink
This Stout Silver Medal award-winner has creamy pastel pink ruffled petals with deeper pink veins and a green throat. The flowers are 5 1/2 inches.
This day lily cultivar is also a Stout Medal winner and a re-bloomer. It has brilliant pink full petals with a narrow green throat. It begins blooming in early summer with flowers that are 6 1/2 inches across on a 20-inch tall plant. This cultivar does well under hot conditions and is not recommended for coastal areas.