Choosing Daylilies for the Garden

By Mary H. Dyer | April 24, 2018
Image by Smokey's Gardens
by Mary H. Dyer
April 24, 2018

Daylilies are among the most beloved flowers available to gardeners, and it’s easy to understand why: Few plants are available in such a wide range of colors and forms as the daylily, and few thrive in such a wide range of growing conditions. Whether you’re a seasoned grower or you’re new to the wonderful world of daylilies, you can choose from more than 3,000 spectacular specimens offered by Smokey’s Gardens.

With so many daylilies available, choosing one (or two or three) for the garden may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Smokey’s may grow numerous varieties of daylilies, but selecting your favorites is easy on their website. Just narrow the search by clicking your preferences in color, size, forms, fragrance, bloom time and features. You can take it a step further by simply choosing from their popular daylily collections. This makes it easier to pick daylilies that work for your specific gardening space. Short or tall, rebloomers or fragrant, specific colors, there is a collection for almost any gardening needs.


Here are a few favorites from Smokey’s extensive daylily collections:


Classic Collection

Classic Daylilies: Bright yellow Stella De Oro stands the test of time, along with other old favorites such as Chorus Line, a ruffled daylily with a yellow halo and deep green throat; or African Chant, a black and red midseason bloomer with a yellow-green throat.



Fragrant Collection

Fragrant Daylilies: Chesapeake Crablegs may have an unusual name, but this gorgeous orange spider daylily fills the air with sweet perfume. Lullaby Baby is a ruffled daylily with pale pink and rose blooms and an unforgettable aroma.



Doubles Collection

Double Daylilies: If you like big, double blooms, consider Double Dragon, a tan and maroon daylily with a green-gold throat; Double Canary, a bright yellow-green bloomer; or the caramel- and cinnamon-colored Double Almond.



Spider Collection

Spider Daylilies: Smokey’s collection of large blooming spiders will stop you in your tracks. For example, Coburg’s Fright Wig with maroon over yellow colorations, or Jack Sprat, an amazingly colorific daylily with shades of orchid purple and gold green, will become definite standouts in the garden.



Award Winners Collection

Award Winners: Smokey’s is justifiably proud of its Anne T. Giles collection of award winners. A couple of favorites include Pandora’s Box, consisting of fragrant, creamy white flowers marked with bright green throats; or lovely pink Chorus Line, each with a yellow halo and deep green throat. Other award-winners include the Junior Citation Collection and Lenington All Americans.



Evergreen Collection

Evergreens: If you live in a warmer climate, lucky you! Consider this collection of daylilies that will display lovely, green foliage year round. Selections here include yellow-green Lines of Splendor, the coppery red blend of Copper Royale, or Lavender Silence, a creamy yellow showstopper with a lavender halo and yellow throat.



Newer Daylily Collection

Newer Daylilies: If you’re in the market for new daylilies, Smokey’s extensive collections has those too with newer varieties that will get you off to a flying start. Take a look at fragrant daylilies, rebloomers, or a collection of immediate-priced specimens. If you’re hoping to get started with daylilies without breaking the bank, Smokey’s offers a newer daylily starter collection of luscious bloomers ranging from deep fuchsia to eye-catching yellow and several in between.


Choosing daylilies for the garden has never been easier if you know where to look. Give Smokey’s Garden a try and find just the daylily plant or collection to meet your needs.

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