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Grow Daylilies for a Low-Maintenance Garden (With Photos)

Kathy is an avid gardener who loves to grow perennials and vegetables in her zone 5 Ontario gardens.

Daylilies come in a wide variety of colours and are easy to grow in a range of conditions.

Daylilies come in a wide variety of colours and are easy to grow in a range of conditions.

Are Daylilies the Perfect Perennial?

Daylilies are often referred to as the "perfect perennial," and I think this label is quite accurate.

They are low-maintenance plants that are available in a wide range of colours, require little attention, thrive in a wide variety of conditions and look great even when not flowering. They figure prominently in my front yard garden, as well as other areas of our yard.

Each flower on a daylily plant flowers for only one day, usually opening in the morning and closing up within 24 hours. However, each clump of daylilies usually has many stems, each with many flower buds, which results in a steady succession of blooms over a period of at least several weeks.

In this article, you'll learn about:

  • The different varieties of daylilies.
  • How to grow them.
  • How to divide your daylily bulbs.
  • The advantages of growing daylilies.

3 Advantages of Growing Daylilies

Daylilies are very easy to grow and maintain. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. They establish themselves quickly once planted and will tolerate a variety of soil conditions.
  2. They are virtually disease and pest-free and do not require much, if any, watering as they are very drought tolerant.
  3. There are over 60,000 registered varieties, or cultivars, of daylilies, with hybridizers developing many new variations each year.
  4. They come in a wide range of colours, to suit every gardener's tastes, including many shades of yellow, orange, pink, peach, purple, red, burgundy and cream.
Growing CharacteristicsDaylilies

Hardiness Zone

Zones 2-11, depending on variety

Soil and Watering Requirements

Average soil, drought resistant

Sunlight Requirements

Full sun to partial shade

Bloom Time

Most varieties bloom in July and August, with some earlier and later blooming varieties


30 to 90 cm / 12 to 36 inches, depending on variety


Disease and pest resistant

Growing Daylilies

Most varieties of daylilies thrive in full sun, but they will also tolerate quite a bit of shade, as I've discovered in my front yard.

Some of the darker reds and burgundies actually do better in some shade, as the dark colour absorbs the sun and can heat up the plant too much.

By planting a variety of different daylilies with varying bloom times, you can ensure a colourful display of daylilies in your garden through much of the growing season.

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Dividing Your Daylilies

Daylilies will come back year after year, and the clumps will get larger and spread over time. Dividing your daylily plants is easy to do and is a great way to add beauty to other areas of your yard.

It's best to divide your daylilies either in spring when the plants are still small, or in fall when they have finished flowering.

To divide them in spring, just dig up the clump and gently cut the it down through the roots with a spade.

Replant the divided clumps where you would like them, and water generously.

Daylily Poll

Further Reading

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Kathy Sima


Riviera Rose from South of France on February 01, 2013:

Beautiful hub - you've really inspired me. Daylilies are so beautiful they look like they'll need a lot of work, so it's refreshing to hear otherwise. Thanks!

Celiegirl on January 12, 2013:

Thanks for sharing, i love Day lilies, i love perennials! So they are a go to flower for me. Awesome hub!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 12, 2013:

I love these. They are an easy to grow and easy to care for flower that add so much happiness to my yard.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on HOTD Sending Angels your way ps

Evans4life on January 12, 2013:

Beautiful hub! I love flowers and have recently got into gardening. I may try these. Thanks for the info!

Faith A Mullen on January 12, 2013:

Congrats on Hub of the Day, savingkathy! I love the way you put togeter and organized this hub. Beautiful photos.

Lynda from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2013:

I love Day lilies, Stella D'Oro being one of my favourites because of it's long bloom time, right up until frost. I am in a townhouse now, so not really a huge garden, but I have managed to add Stella to the front garden. You have inspired me to add some other varieties to my small back garden next season. Thanks for this hub.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on January 12, 2013:

I invested in day lilies when we first moved in and what a wonderful investment.

I have never had a sunny garden before so this is a special treat for me. I hand picked the day lilies from I stayed with their brand mainly and oh, my goodness what a delight! The colors are spectacular and the strength unbelievable.

There is another site abundantdaylilies but I haven't purchased/planted anything from them as yet. This is next on my list.

Wonderful plant and the colors today are simply endless.

Stanley Soman from New York on January 12, 2013:

Congratulations on receiving Hub of The Day! I love lilies

Jill Spencer from United States on January 12, 2013:

Hey Kathy! Glad to see you with another HOTD! Yea!

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on January 12, 2013:

A well written, beautiful hub.Congrats for the pain taken by you.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Hello savingkathy, I think daylilies are a beautiful flower. They come in so many colors and have such interesting shapes to the flower. They're also very photogenic, as we can see from your pictures. Great Hub.

Congrats on Hub of the Day. Well deserved for excellent tips on growing daylilies and for the wonderful visuals.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on January 12, 2013:

I love day lilies. I just wish they bloomed longer. I feel like I wait and wait for them to pop up and then they are gone in the blink of an eye. Congratulations on your hub of the day.

moonlake from America on January 12, 2013:

I have all kinds daylilies all over my yard. They are easy to grow. Congrats on your hub of the day.

Donna Herron from USA on January 12, 2013:

This is great information since I'd like to add more color to our back garden. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your HOTD!!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 12, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD! This really is a beautiful hub. I love the orange lilies. I didn't realize they were so low maintenance. Now I want to grow some, thanks!

Sam from Ireland on January 12, 2013:

enjoyed looking and reading your article about daylilies.

I have grown some lilies with limited success. What was surprising was how hardy they were against frost. Thank you great ideas here for the coming spring

Anne from United Kingdom on January 12, 2013:

Hello savingKathy. What a gorgeous hub, look at all the beautiful flowers, wonderful. I had clumps of Daylilies in a shady part of my garden when I lived in the UK, but here in Spain I can´t get them to flower and even the leaves when they come through seem very weak . Do you think I may not have planted the bulbs deep enough and they are coming up " Blind" as daffodils do when planted too shallow ?

RTalloni on January 12, 2013:

Oooh, such a lovely hub! Congrats on your Hub of the Day award and thanks for this look at daylilies and for sharing your flowers with us.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012:

I think you can never have enough varieties of daylilies. It is amazing that there are so many different cultivars, isn't it?

Claudia Porter on December 31, 2012:

This is a gorgeous hub. We have loads of daylilies and trying to expand to more varieties. It's amazing how well they do in harsh conditions. Had now idea there were 60,000 cultivars!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Thanks Jill! I appreciate it. Happy New Year!

Jill Spencer from United States on December 31, 2012:

I love that daylilies are available now in so many colors. Awesome hub! I pinned it.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 30, 2012:

There's a lot of those orange ones growing in ditches and along the roads in many places near where I live. Some people don't like them, because they're too common but I think they're just as pretty as the rest of them!

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on December 30, 2012:

Daylilies remind me of where I grew up. Every summer, there would be miles and miles of the orange ones along the highways! When I get my own yard, I'll be planting some of these. Thanks for the information! :)

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:

Thanks Jackie. :-)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 29, 2012:

Great photos, I love Daylilies and do plan to have some next summer. ^

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:

That's great Bill! I'm sure you'll love their addition to your garden next summer, and for years to come. Happy New Year to you too!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 29, 2012:

You know, I have never grown these, but you have me inspired now. I'll pick some up in a couple months and turn them loose on our ever-growing garden. Great info, Kathy! Have a very Happy New Year!

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