Daylilies – How to Grow


How to Grow Hemerocallis (Daylily)

Daylilies are among the most adaptable of all perennials. They can be grown in sun or bright shade; clay, loam, or sandy soil. They tolerate wind, heat, cold, and seaside conditions. The daylily is a long-lived perennial bringing spectacular color to your garden, with very little maintenance. An excellent choice!

Companion Planting

Daylilies look great and grow well with Rudbeckia, Heliopsis, Helianthus, ornamental grasses, Crocosmia and Poppies. Plant among fall Asters and Chrysanthemums which bloom after the daylilies (cut the daylily foliage back and let the aster and chrysanthemum blooms fill in and take over).

Soil Preparation

Add organic matter to the soil, using compost, peat moss, humus, or decomposed leaves.


We recommend Plant-tone, rock phosphate, and green sand when planting. For established daylilies, feed spring and fall with Plant-tone.

Soaking (For Bareroot Daylilies Only)

Soak in water for 2-6 hours before planting.


Full sun brings the best blooms, although daylilies can be planted in bright shade. Space plants 24" apart. Once the hole is dug, place the daylily roots in the hole, gently fanning them out. The crown should be placed about 1" below the soil surface. Fill in with the amended soil.


After planting, use 2" to 3" of mulch. We recommend pine bark, pine needles, or hardwood mulch.


Water deeply after planting and for the first two weeks. After plants are established water deeply when needed.