Plant everblooming daylilies for blooms from early summer to frost. This herbaceous perennial once had a bloom time of just a few weeks, and the orange and yellow daylilies you see growing wild in culverts, ditches and on roadsides are of this variety. A favorite of many gardeners for their drought and pest resistance, daylilies grow in almost any soil and moisture conditions, according to Clemson University. Choose everblooming daylily varieties for more than one 30- to 40-day blooming period.
Buy a bunch of Stella D’Oro daylilies for profuse, bright yellow flowers from early summer to frost. Set clumps 24 inches apart so that the root crown is no more than an inch below the soil line for best results. This variety isn’t the tallest at 18 inches or so, but it is one of the first everblooming hybrid daylilies, according to Rutgers University. Two bloom cycles and three in a good year are common for Stella D’Oro, and clumps can be root divided and replanted every two years.
Happy Ever Appster
Plant Happy Ever Appster daylilies for nearly constant blooms from early summer to mid-fall. These beauties are descended from Stella d’Oro. Developed by Dr. Darrel Apps, many cultivars of this variety exist: Apricot Sparkles, with flashing, shiny particles on its gold leaves; Just Plum Happy, with variegated petals of purple and lavender; and Rosy Returns, with variegated pinks and a large, broad blossom. All of these varieties have three or more bloom cycles per year.
Plant Dragon’s Eye daylily for a huge, extremely showy blossom. Still a bit small for a daylily at 24 inches, Dragon’s Eye makes up for its small stature with an incredible number of buds, up to 18 per stalk. Ruffled petals of pink and rose, yellow and orange or purple and lavender are 5 inches or more across.
Try Gentle Shepherd daylilies for height and pastel colors. Growing to a height of 3 feet or more, these lilies grace the garden with pale yellow to pure white. Extremely cold hardy and drought resistant, they grow from Maine to South Carolina. Roots are split every two years for propagation. Clip stems when all the buds have flowered to encourage the next bloom cycle.