Tips on Growing Daylilies

by Dan330
One of the backbone plants of our garden is the daylily. They are hardy and easy to grow. The number of varieties is constantly expanding and they come in nearly every color. Daylilies can be used as specimen plants in the garden or massed to stabilize a slope or to act as a carefree ground cover. Dwarf forms are good container subjects. Although each flower only lasts a day, the blooms open over a long period. By planting several varieties it is possible to have blooms nearly all summer long.
When planting your bareroot Daylily, dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots. Spread out the thick roots in the hole and place the plant so the crown -- where the leaves meet the roots -- is 1in below the surface of the soil
Daylilies will grow in full sun in the North and will tolerate the same in the South with sufficient moisture
These perennials prefer a well-drained loam with a pH approaching neutral.
Daylilies rank high on the list of plants resistant to insects and diseases.
Ferns, Hosta, and Solomon's Seal are lovely with Daylilies growing in shadier spots.
On all types of Daylilies, spent flowers should be snapped off daily and the entire flower scape should be cut off after all buds have passed.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  2 questions
  • Betty Vandetta Betty Vandetta on Jun 20, 2016
    New grower of day lilies. What is the flower scape?

  • Norene Norene on Jun 19, 2018

    I have many beautiful Day lilies. The grow very tall with many buds. I would love to put them in my arrangements that I put together for my home. The problem I have is that there are many buds on one plant and they open at different times. Any suggestions as to when or if I should cut them for arrangements. Some of the buds die before others open. Each pant may have 10 to 15 buds. Thank you.

Join the conversation
3 of 43 comments
  • Kelly Starns Kelly Starns on Jun 26, 2014
    I planted my first daylillies last fall. Have great foilage but no blooms. Is this normal? Do you cut them back in the fall or spring?

    • Dia7644798 Dia7644798 on Jun 20, 2016
      I have the same problem. Great foliage - no blooms.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Nov 07, 2015
    I live in SC and we have what my husband and I call Road Lilies. They are just growing and thriving in the ditches along the roads. We have talked about gathering some of those, but never have. The road crews just mow them down and it doesn't seem to bother them. They come right back. This is the kind I need !!! :~)