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How to Landscape With Daylilies

By Jennifer Loucks ; Updated September 21, 2017

Daylily plants are commonly used in landscaping plans due to their low maintenance and easy care. The plants produce wide grass like leaves in a shrub shape with flowers that range in size from 3 to 4 inches. The flower stalks reach a height up to 36 inches in some varieties. Plant daylilies in the spring or fall seasons as a border plant, in flower beds or along fences. Daylilies offer variety to a garden as they are available in may colors, sizes and blooming times between April through October.

Choose a location for daylily plants that has at least 6 hours of full sunlight and well draining soil.

Work compost into the ground prior to planting to increase the soil nutrient value and moisture retention.

Choose varieties with a foliage and plant size that fits the desired location. Plants that reach a height of 12 to 18 inches work well for borders or closed flower beds. Large flowering varieties will reach a height of 18 to 30 inches and should be planted near the back of flower beds.

Choose color combinations carefully as mixing varieties with similar coloring may not produce the desired look.

Plant darker colored varieties near light colored backgrounds and light colored varieties near dark colored backgrounds. This will make a striking contrast for the area.

Mix blooming times when planting in daylilies in groups. The variety will list whether it is an early, mid or late blooming variety. Mixing several blooming times will ensure the grouping will have plants in bloom at most times during the growing season.

Mix companion plants with the daylily plants to increase the dramatic effect. Plant tall blooming flowers behind and low growing plants in front. Use complimenting or contrasting colors based on your preference.

Add garden art to the daylily flower bed to give an illusion of height and a point of interest.


Things You Will Need

  • Daylily plants
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Companion plants
  • Garden art


  • Do not plant daylilies near shrubs and trees; there is too much root structure competition.
  • Crowded daylily plants will produce a reduced quantity of blooms. Divide the plants to increase their vigor.

About the Author


Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.