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.