Hemerocallis (Day Lilies)

Hemerocallis grow in a wide range of soils and situations. Some authorities say that well-drained soil is best, but we have successfully grown them in our bog garden. For best results add lots of compost or well rotted manure at planting time, but if you can't (and, be honest, who ever has enough organic matter to add to planting holes?), they will grow well in most soils and in most sites but may not get as tall and have smaller or fewer flowers.

They love sun but will grow in fairly light shade - particularly the taller more vigorous cultivars. You can plant at most times of the year including midsummer. If you received newly divided plants in autumn or winter as bare root it might be best to pot them up and put them in the greenhouse or cold frame.

Give them between 1ft 6in and 2ft 6in space depending on size and vigour. Plant just with the crown at or just below the surface.

Growing Keep them well watered, avoiding wetting the flowers and buds if possible, mulch in late spring, remove dead foliage and feed with a balance fertiliser once a year.

Deadhead spent blooms: they turn into a soggy mess then dry smeared over the leaves and other buds. Beware that the deadheads can stain clothing and skin - these stains will normally come out with detergent. E

Day Lilies rarely need staking and even large heads of flowers and buds are self supporting. A few cultivars have very thin scapes (flower stems) that require some support.

Slugs and snails may be a short term problem on young foliage, but most plants shrug this off as they grow. 

Buds of early flowering varieties can be affected by Gall Midge. This is a tiny moth that lays its eggs on developing buds causing the buds to swell unnaturally. The maggots hatch and feed on the buds. Buds become swollen and round and eventually drop off. The best treatment is to pick off and dispose of infected buds. Spraying and winter soil drenches are possible treatments but we grow 1000's of plant and find removing the few infected buds at an early stage is the best treatment. Don't allow buds to fall on the ground as the maggots lay in the soil surface and then produce more adults 1 or 2 year later. Make sure you seal up the infected buds in a plastic bag and put it in your dustbin - don't drop them or compost them.

Hemerocallis Growing Guide: Simple instructions for planting, cultivating and caring for Daylilies

Hemerocallis Banbury Cinnamon

Good old English variety with bright, rich orange-spice coloured flowers held on straight stems 2ft 9in tall well above the leaves. Does well in dry soils as well.


Hemerocallis Beat the Barons

Lovely cream and red flowers. Mid height. July-August flowering. Lovely

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Bourbon Kings

A lovely Royal purple self that flowers from early July. About 2ft tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Bright Spangles

A yellowish orange flowers held on the top of straight stems. From early June. About 2ft tall.

Price 6.00 (1lt)

Hemerocallis Bubbling Brown Sugar

Well-named with bubbly, ruffled edges and a really caramel colour. 2ft 3in tall.

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Charles Johnson

Rich deep pink and very robust. 2ft tall

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Cleopatra

Large spider form with the flowers held on top of long stems. The flower stems may need staking depending on growing conditions Mid season. 2 - 2 ft 6in  (60-75cm) tall

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Chicago Anzac

Very large, showy flower from mid season. 2ft tall

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Crimson Pirate

One of older spider types with deep red flowers with a darker eye zone. About 2ft 6" - 3ft tall. Flowering from early July.

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Daring Reflection

Large, robust flowers. About 2ft 3in tall in flower. Mid to late season flowering.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Dixie Stampede

Large flowers of good substance. Late season. Has performed well in garden in less than ideal conditiond!

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Dominic

Lovely British-bred variety with very weather-proof velvety, deep red blooms from late June onwards. This one blooms really well for us and usually repeats in September.

About 2ft tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Dragon's Eye

Neat, short, clumpy plants. Good sized pink flowers with intense deep crimson eye.

About 1ft tall.

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Duke of Durham

Deep orange flowers with a dramatic burgundy eyezone and orange throat - a real bold statement in the garden.

About 2ft 6in tall. Flowering from late June.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Eggplant Escapade

Very Large flowered spider type with stunning greyish purple flowers with deeper purple eye zone and golden sunburst throat.

2ft 9in tall and flowering from late July.

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Firecracker

One of the most reliable doubles. Bright red with popcorn centre.. Firecracker grows to about 1ft 6in tall. Flowering from early July for a long period.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Firestorm

Big, bold and brazen! Creating a storm with a crackling clash of colour in our garden

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Forgotten Dreams

Rich purple with deeper violet eye and edge. Really weather resistant and a great performer in the border

2ft 6in tall. In flower from the start of July.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Gay Bombardier

Old British variety with lovely bicolor flowers on 2ft 6in planys. Mid season flwoering

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Georgette Belden

Self-coloured daylilies are great for general garden use being easy to place amongst other plants - you only have one colour to match!.  Georgette Belden is one the best purple selfs because she is quite weather proof and has consistently performed well in the our garden.  Good perfume. About 2ft 6in tall in flower and in bloom from late June.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Gingerbread Man

Late flowering variety in a lovely ginger orange shade, red eyed and golden throated. "Snap, snap, snap" and he was gone! About 2ft tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Grape Magic

Flowering from late July and continuing well into September, this short little beauty has well branched flower stems and lots and lots of bloom. About 2ft tall. Fragrant.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Green Flutter

Flowering from late June. A lovely greenish yellow with green throat. About 2ft tall. Fragrant.

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Houdini

Large red-purple flowers from mid July each with a red halo and golden throat. Fragrant. 2ft 6in tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Isolde

One of my favourites. Fairly early (from June) Large, purple flowers. A good mixer. About 2ft tall.

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis James Marsh

Brilliant scarlet red with golden throat. Flowering from July into September. A good doer, flowering in light shade for us. About 2ft 6in tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Jogolor

Spider variant with large red and yellow bicolor flowers. Does well in most conditions. About 2ft 9in tall. English-bred by Duncan Skein

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Lady Neva

Large spider flowers on shortist plants. Mid to late season. very limited stock

Price 6.00 (1lt)

Hemerocallis Leebea Orange Crush

An orange explosion fizzing with colour. Lots of large, lovely flowers. 2ft 6in (75cm). Mid to late season

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Little Business

Small / Miniature flowered and only 1ft tall. Mid Season flwoering

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Little Red Hen

Charming red self with contrasting golden throat. Neat cupped flowers held well above the foliage and very resistant to both sun and rain.  Flowers open well in all weathers. About 2ft 3in tall and starts flowering in early July.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Marse Connell

Spider-petaled red flowers on 2ft 6in stems. Large golden throat. Blooms from early July right through August. 

A very vigorous and free flowering variety that does well in the border.

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Pigmy Plum

Short (1ft / 30cm) and fairly late to flower. Some scent. Large flowers.

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Pony

new to our catalogue

Long flowering period from Jul to September. Mid height (about 2ft 3in tall) and tolerant of poor soil

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Prague Spring

Unusually coloured in pale salmon Pink and pale yellow-green with green throat. About 2ft tall and flowering from mid June.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Princeton Eyeglow

Lovely pale orange with Princeton pink eye and ruffled edge. One of our favourites. About 2ft 3in tall and flowering from early July.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Protocol

Boldly patterned Lavender purple bi-tone with large lemon throat. About 2ft 6in tall. Flowering from early July.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Pumpkin Kid

Short (1ft 6in/ 45cm), loads of flower for a long, long season.


Hemerocallis Rajah

Where it all started for us - the first Hemerocallis we ever bought and still going strong for us in the garden.  It is vigorous and forgiving of less than perfect conditions, growing and flowering well against a laurel hedge in in semi-shaded border on top of the remains of the builders sand pit in our front garden.

In starts flowering in early July the flower stems are about 3ft 6in - 4ft tall.  We have counted 50 flower spikes on our established clump each with 15 or more buds. Flowers can have a pink tinge in hot sunny weather.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Saintly

Yellow with an orange halo. Robust, thick substance to the flowers. About 2ft 9in tall. Mid-late flowering

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Scorpio

A great British Daylily with rich yellow petals and subdued orange eyezone. Flowering from early July. 3ft tall.

Price 6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Selma Longlegs

A tall (3ft / 90cm), Framboyant UFo (unusual form) flowering for such a long period from early-mid though to late season

Price 6.00 Bare Root

Hemerocallis Siloam Amazing Grace

New to our catalogue 2017

Lovely, green-yellow flowers with ruffled edges. Only 1ft 6in tall. Flowers July - August.

Price 4.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Silver Quasar

A stellar performer in the garden. Head-turning, tall (3ft / 90cm) with masses of large flowers. We've only got a few of these!

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Spiderman

A big, bold superhero of a daylily. Great big flowers from mid season for a long time. 2ft 6in / 75cm tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Stafford

A British-bred daylily that has stood the test of time and still comes up as a strong favourite with gardeners.  Its got everything going for it.  The flowers are large and held on long elegant stems about 3ft 9in tall - just right for the middle of the border. It starts flowering in late July / early August and it goes on into the Autumn when most daylilies have finished. Lastly it is sumptuous colour - deepest red with black-red highlights. 

Over 50 years old and still our favourite daylily

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Toothpick

New to our catalogue 2017

Large flowered spider type with intriguing polychrome petals. Short plants: about 1ft 6in / 45cm tall.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Tuscawilla Tigress

Enormous burning orange flowers on 2ft 6in tall plants make a truly stunning display.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Vera Biaglow

Good bright pink self with flowers held well above the leaves from early July onwards.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

Hemerocallis Wild Mustang

Cream pink with red eye zone and green throat. About 2ft tall. Flowering from late July.

Price 6.00 (bare root)

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