However, although you can create a wonderful long-blooming perennial garden using just daylilies, most gardeners prefer to add a variety of other perennials to spice up their perennial beds.
Daylilies can make an outstanding focal point or bright accent amidst a myriad of other plants. And what an accent . . .
A well established daylily clump can produce as many as 400 blooms in just a single season! Depending on the varieties you choose, each plant can flower over a 4-5 week period or even longer for the everbloomers or rebloomers. Now that's a major splash of color in your perennial bed!
If you pick your daylily cultivars carefully and place them strategically throughout your bed, you will always have brilliant bursts of daylily color popping up in your garden - first here, then there - always changing, always delighting!
There are so many wonderful perennials for the sun garden that combine beautifully with daylilies that you will have difficulty narrowing down your selection! If you plant carefully, you can create a garden that is colorful from early spring through the fall with exciting new and different blooms appearing each month of the season. Just wander through the display gardens at Viette's once every 2-3 weeks to see how these beautiful combinations create a dynamic, ever-changing scene throughout the season in a well-planned perennial garden.
When picking companions for your daylilies, be sure to choose perennials that thrive in full sun or bright shade. Choose a combination of spring, summer, and fall flowering perennials and shrubs to have colorful blooms all season. Echinacea, Perovskia, Achillea, Coreopsis, Phlox, Salvia, and Buddleia are wonderful daylily companions and they will bring your garden alive with the flitting of butterflies and hummingbirds. Ornamental grasses make an outstanding backdrop for daylilies.
Don't limit yourself to getting your color only from flowers. Think about the beautiful all season color that comes from foliage. You don't have to hunt very hard to find perennials with foliage in almost all the shades of perennial flowers! Consider the shimmering silver of Artemisia 'Silver Mound', the beautiful silvery blue of Perovskia (Russian Sage), the reds, yellows, and blues of Sedums, and of course, my favorite, the amazing Heuchera! Bright apricot leaves of Heuchera 'Caramel' are striking on their own but with a slight breeze, flashes of ruby red from the undersides of their leaves add a whole other dimension - like the dancing "Rockettes" flaunting their petticoats! The brightly colored foliage of many other Heuchera cultivars provide similar "surprises" of unexpected color, but that's another story altogether . . .