Varieties of Daylilies

Daylilies are a classic garden flower that bloom from early morning until evening, lasting around 16 hours. They feature long, arching foliage and showy flowers that range in color from cream, yellow and peach to orange, deep reds and purple. Some daylilies are known for their contrasting throats, also called ‘”eye-zones.” Daylilies appreciate at least six hours of full sun and perform best in soil that is nutrient-laden and kept moist.

Daylily ‘Autumn Red’

Daylily ‘Autumn Red’ (Hemerocallis 'Autumn Red') is a variety of daylily that grows up to 3 feet tall and 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 feet wide. The 5-inch-wide, red flowers of ‘Autumn Red’ have contrasting gold throats that give this variety its distinct look. The arching, blade-like leaves grow in clumps that rise 39 inches tall and are attached to the leafless stems, or scapes, that hold the blooms. ‘Autumn Red’ blooms from June to August. According to Missouri Botanical Garden, daylilies "have the ability to crowd out weeds to form a verdant ground cover." 'Autumn Red' grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil. It is tolerant of heat and humidity and is suitable in USDA zones 3 to 9.

Daylily ‘Strawberry Rose’

Daylily ‘Strawberry rose’ (Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Rose') is an herbaceous perennial flower with a clumping habit. It grows 1 to 2-1/2 feet tall and 1-1/2 feet to 2 feet wide. The 6.5-inch-wide rose to pink flowers has contrasting green throats and attracts butterflies to the garden. Each flower appears on the naked stems, or scapes, that typically reach a rise of 27 inches. The tall, arching, blade-like leaves on ‘Strawberry Rose’ are linear and help to create the clumping growth habit daylilies are known for. Daylily ‘Strawberry Rose’ blooms for only one day, hence the name, and appears from June to July. Their fountain-like leaves provide an architectural element to the garden and the showy flowers help to provide unusual colors throughout the landscape. Daylily ‘Strawberry Rose’ grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, deep, fertile soil. To ensure a long flowering season and keep the plant looking tidy, deadhead the spent blooms. Plant ‘Strawberry Rose’ in USDA zones 3 to 9.

Daylily ‘Cool Jazz’

Daylily ‘Cool Jazz’ (Hemerocallis 'Cool Jazz') is a perennial flower that has a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and features the rounded, peach to pink flowers with yellow throats. ‘Cool Jazz’ has strappy, long leaves and attract butterflies to the garden. Drought-tolerant, it withstands periods of limited moisture but without sacrificing the vibrant blooms. ‘Cool Jazz’ grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil amended with organic matter like compost or rotted leaves. They grow best in USDA zones 3 to 10.

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