Landscaping with Daylilies
Compiles by Steve Horan

The daylily is one of the most popular herbaceous perennials in the world, being hardy in most climates, and thriving with a minimum of care.  The botanical name for the daylily means “beauty for a day.”  If you want color all summer long, on a tough and easy-to-grow plant, daylilies are an excellent choice.


  • Loon Song Gardens in Champlin (Kathy and Mike Lamb)
    • Good selection of classic and cutting edge daylilies
  • Gardens with a Northern Exposure in Monticello (Gary and Rita Schaben)
    • Garden markers and cutting edge daylilies
  • Springwood Gardens in Jordan (Karol Emmerich(
    • Cutting edge daylilies


  • Pinks:  Barbara Mitchell, Janice Brown, Strawberry Candy
  • Purples:  Bela Lugosi, Little Grapette, Strutter’s Ball
  • Reds:  All American Chief, Charles Johnston, Funny Valentine, Red Volunteer, Ruby Spider
  • Eyes:  Always Afternoon, Chorus Line, Fooled Me
  • Spiders and Unusual forms:  Holly Dancer, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Scarlet’s Web
  • Doubles:  Condilla, Francis Joiner, Siloam Double Classic
  • Rebloom:  Happy Returns


  • Up Close and Personal – Daylilies in the FRONT of the border
    • Miniature (under 3″), Small (3″ – 41/2″), Patterns (eyes, watermarks, midribs)
  • The Bold and the Beautiful – Daylilies in the MIDDLE of the border
    • Color and Form (doubles, spiders, unusual forms(
  • Big and Tall – Daylilies in the BACK of the border
    • Tall and Extra-large (7″ or larger)
  • Season extenders – GROUPINGS of daylilies
    • Mass plantings, Rebloom, Early season, Late season, Bud builders
  • Using Colors Effectively – COMPANION plantings
    • Monochromatic and Analogous color schemes, Planting with other Perennials


A special thanks to Steve Horan for sharing this information from the August 2017 MWGS meeting!