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If there ever was a foolproof perennial flower that can grow in most parts of the country, daylilies are it. Although not a native plant (they hale from Asia), daylilies have adapted to our varied climate. They grow in all U.S. regions, but thrive in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.

Daylilies are loosely grouped by their foliage habit as evergreen, deciduous (often called dormant), or semi-evergreen. In general, evergreen daylilies are well suited to USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. Some evergreens are also hardy to USDA zone 4, but their foliage dies back.

Conversely, the foliage of deciduous types (hardy in zones 3 through 8) dies in winter even in mild climates. Most are not well suited to zone 8 and warmer gardens, or wherever summers typically include more than 90 days above 86° F.

Daylilies are stalwarts of the perennial garden. They grow in less than idea soils, in partial or full sun, and are well suited to a variety of uses. In the flower garden, their vigorous growth chokes out weeds. They can prevent soil from eroding on banks, dwarf varieties make a beautiful edging along perennial beds, and this tough plant can survive occasional flooding and road salt along walkways and streets.

Daylilies produce flowers in a wide range of colors in single and double forms. Some blossoms are bent back or “recurved”, others have ruffles and some are fragrant. While the individual flowers only bloom for a day, the scapes (flower stalk) on which the blossoms are born have multiple flower buds. Depending on the variety, flowering can continue for weeks and sometimes repeat bloom throughout the summer. Some plants only grow one foot tall while others reach 3 feet tall. If you don’t like the ornamental qualities of daylilies, you can always eat them. In the Far East, daylily flowers are used in recipes and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are often found as a dried food in stores.

Best of the Best:

There are more than 48,000 daylily varieties registered and more than 13,000 commercially available. They are bred in at least 25 states by hundreds of individual hybridizers. To help consumers decide the best ones to grow the All-American Daylily Selection Council tests varieties for three to five years in five different hardiness zones. The daylilies are evaluated for 50 different growth characteristics such as disease resistance and length of flowering time.

All the daylilies listed below are deciduous, unless otherwise noted. All of these are All American Daylily Council winning varieties.

With the best day lily choices, you'll brighten your garden. These best day lillies for sale are foolproof perennials that include many types, from Lavender Vista to Miss Mary Mary for a beautiful yard.

Best Daylilies by Charlie Nardozzi

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  • Lavender Vista

    Charlie says: ‘Lavender Vista’ produces large, 5- to 6-inch diameter, fragrant lavender blooms with a green throat. The plants grow eighteen inches tall with evergreen foliage in warm climates. This variety blooms for three months and flowers better in the shade than other varieties.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-11
    • Evergreen in zones 8-11
    • Single, lavender flower
    • Midseason, good repeat blooming
    • 24 inches wide, 18 inches tall
  • Persian Market

    Charlie says: The large seven-inch diameter flowers are recurved and slightly fragrant. They have salmon-pink petals with rose-colored halos inside. Plants have good daylily rust resistance. This variety produces loads of buds for a long bloom season in several zones.

    • USDA hardiness zones 5-10
    • Single, salmon-pink flower
    • Midseason, good repeat blooming
    • 24–36 inches wide, 24-36 inches tall
  • Bitsy

    Charlie says: Bitsy is a diminutive variety that blooms very early right after spring bulbs, continues blooming for a long period of time, and tolerates extreme heat and cold. It can grow in the heat of the South and cold of the North. The two-inch diameter, lemon yellow flowers accent containers and flower borders well. This variety grows quickly and can be divided a few years after planting.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-11
    • Single, lemon yellow blossom
    • Very early, good repeat blooming
    • 18-20 inches wide, 24-28 inches tall
  • Miss Mary Mary

    Charlie says: This compact border variety has an unusual flowering habit. Early in the summer single, three-inch diameter, golden blossoms are produced. After the first round of flowers, the repeat blooms come out as fluffy double flowers that repeat until frost. ‘Miss Mary Mary’ has excellent daylily rust resistance and tolerates heat and cold well.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-9
    • Single and double, golden flower
    • Very early, good repeat blooming
    • 12-16 inches wide, 18-22 inches tall
  • Red Volunteer

    Charlie says: Large seven-inch diameter scarlet red blooms with a red eye and smooth velvety texture grace these large plants with dark-green foliage. It has good rust resistance and is a good plant for the middle to back of a partly shaded border garden.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-9
    • Single, scarlet red blossoms
    • Midseason, repeat blooming
    • 24-36 inches wide, 24-36 inches tall

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  • Stella De Oro

    Charlie says: Stella De Oro is a classic, widely grown variety known for its abundant, small, fragrant, golden flowers and precocious blooming habit. This popular variety is great in containers and borders adding color all summer long. There is a ‘Black Eyed Stella’ version of this beauty that features dark red eyes inside the golden flowers.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-8
    • Single, golden flower
    • Early to midseason, good repeat blooming
    • 24-36 inches wide, 16-18 inches tall
  • Barbara Mitchell

    Charlie says: Large six-inch diameter ruffled, pale pink blossoms with a green throat grace this midseason variety. The foliage is semi-evergreen in warm climates, but is not recommended for the heat of zones 9-10.

    • USDA hardiness zones 4-8
    • Single, pink flower
    • Midseason, repeat blooming
    • 24-36 inches wide, 18-22 inches tall
  • Hyperion

    Charlie says: This old fashioned variety still is a winner in many gardens. ‘Hyperion’ is known for its large plants and sweetly scented yellow flowers. It’s heat and drought tolerant and grows even in the shade of trees and along salted driveways. It resists daylily rust.

    • USDA hardiness zones 3-9
    • Single, creamy yellow flower
    • Midseason, reblooms late in season
    • 40 inches wide, 24 inches tall
  • Joan Senior

    Charlie says: Joan Senior is one of the whitest of the white daylilies. It has a touch of light yellow throat. The six-inch diameter ruffled and slightly recurved blossoms repeat bloom later in the season.

    • USDA hardiness zones 3-9
    • Single, pale white blossom
    • Early to midseason
    • 24-36 inches wide, 24-26 inches tall
  • Siloam Double Classic

    Charlie says: Siloam Double Classic is one of the most popular double flowering daylilies available. It features five-inch diameter, pale pink with light green and yellow throat, ruffled double flowers with round petals and a piecrust edging. The flowers are very fragrant. It reblooms until frost and is rust resistant.

    • USDA hardiness zones 3-9
    • Double, salmon-pink blossom
    • Early to midseason
    • 24-36 inches wide, 18-20 inches tall

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