How to Grow and Care for Daylily Flowers

Daylily flowers can make an excellent addition to a patio garden. You can also plant them along walkways or around the foundation of homes. Besides, they make beautiful cut flowers that you can use during special occasions or events. These flowers are generally hardy, undemanding, and grow well even in poor soil conditions. So, how can you introduce these lovelies to your landscape or indoor garden? Read on.

Types of Daylilies

About 70 species of daylily flowers show an unending array of cheerful colors and shapes. Here are our best varieties to plant at home;

‘Hold Your Horses’ Daylily

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This is a striking daylily that boasts giant blooms in shades of soft yellow, with a touch of burgundy color on the petals. The flowering comes early and mid-season, but they will rebloom. The blooms can measure up to 9 inches across, and you can display them as cut flowers. And they can attain a height of about 3 feet.

‘Purple D’Oro’ Daylily

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The large golden-orange flowers of ‘Purple D’Oro,’ an award-winning hybrid, have a purple eye zone on the petals; they bloom in late spring and early summer through autumn, producing about 3 inches wide flowers. This choice is perfect for borders, along the paths, or even in containers. The stems can grow to about 1.5 to 2 feet tall.

‘Startle’ Daylily

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This reblooming variety is known as the “rainbow” daylily because its flowers can change color throughout spring, summer, and fall! They begin as light yellow buds that open into creamy-white flowers with bright yellow throats and raspberry edging. The multi-colored nature of this variety makes it attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. If you want to have unique blooms in your landscape, consider this species.

‘Lemon Ice’ Daylily

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This species bears lemon-yellow flowers that produce a strong citrus fragrance. However, the flowers bloom from early in the morning to the evening and will only last for a day. You can grow this 3-foot-tall perennial in full sun to partial shade. Thanks to its citrus smell, the lemon ice species is a favorite daylily for cutting.

‘Lady Lucille’ Daylily

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The ruffled blooms on this dark violet flower appear in early summer and continue until frost. It’s a choice among gardeners because it blooms in the first year after planting. When blooming, it makes an excellent cut flower. Deadheading your “Lady Lucille” variety will encourage reblooming. Make sure to give it some afternoon shade if you’re growing it in a hot climate.

Daylilies Care and Maintenance

Most daylilies need very little care beyond watering and ensuring their soil has good drainage. Other maintenance tips include;

  • Removing any dead flowers from the plant stimulates new growth.
  • Discourage overcrowding of your dailies by digging out a small section of the plant and replanting it in another area.

How to Propagate Daylilies

The most common way to propagate daylilies is by dividing and transplanting the existing plants. Get the mini-plants for dividing from the overcrowded containers or part of the garden. Most species will start blooming in their second years after division. Plant your daylilies in either early spring or early fall.

Daylilies Growth Conditions


Daylilies are sun lovers; they’ll bloom when they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. However, they will appreciate protection at midday in hot regions by providing a light shade.


Daylilies can grow in any soil, including poor soils. However, they thrive in nutrient-rich soil without being fussy about pH.


Even though daylilies are drought-tolerant, they need an inch of water weekly. However, if the soil has mulching and is in cool temperatures, the water requirements will be less. Water more when the soil is sandy.

Pests and Diseases

Although pests rarely attack daylily flowers, thrips, spider mites, and aphids can attack the foliage or flower buds. Aphids attack is rampant during the cool weather of spring. The tender foliage may also attract slug and snails.


Daylilies are lovely plants to have in your garden. They are easy to grow and maintain, and they will reward you with their endless blooms. Pick any of the varieties above and introduce them to your garden. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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