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ARE DAYLILIES BULBS? Not really, but bulb catalogs in the past offered their thick, fleshy roots, and today many antique daylilies are at risk, so we’ve added them to our Ark. Modern daylilies can be amazing, but older ones blend better into most gardens. They’re not huge or gaudy, and their classic, lily-like forms are full of grace.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Daylilies are one of the easiest of all perennials. We ship dormant, freshly dug, bare-root plants with 2-4 fans (growing points). Plant in full sun to light shade, and learn more here.

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With cottage-garden grace and surprising diversity, antique daylilies are waiting to be rediscovered by modern gardeners. Sample their old-fashioned charms with 4 of our favorites, all different, labeled, and great for your area. (Several possibilities are pictured.) For zones 4a-8b(9aWC).

For 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers.

COS31Add to basket:1/$31.502/$60.503/$864/$1115/$135
APRICOT, 1893        Web-Only & Rarest
Here’s the beginning of daylilies as we know them today. Introduced in 1893 by schoolteacher George Yeld, ‘Apricot’ was the first hybrid daylily and its success opened the door for the 60,000 others that have followed. Spring-blooming (starting in early May here in zone 6a) and often reblooming in the fall, it has vivid little flowers of orange-yellow peeking above a fountain of leaves — making it well worth growing even if it weren’t so historic. 28-34”, early, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM23Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.50Limit 5, please.
AUGUST PIONEER, 1939        Web-Only
Our longest blooming daylily, ‘August Pioneer’ opens its bright, graceful trumpets for up to eight weeks. Its color is something special, too, a softly glowing orange with hints of apricot that blends in harmoniously yet will draw you across the garden. And it multiplies quickly. All in all, it’s a masterpiece from A.B. Stout, the patriarch of daylilies. 34”, mid-late, dormant, zones 4a-8b(9bWC), Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM08Add to basket:1/$6.503/$185/$2810/$5225/$117
Tall, tall, TALL — with bloom stalks up to 7 feet! — this remarkable daylily may get you and your garden visitors babbling. Up close its spidery, gold and chestnut flowers are nothing special, but when you see them held high against the sky on their strong, slender stalks — often with hummingbirds flitting about — they’re magic. By A.B. Stout, from the wild H. altissima, 5-7’, late blooming, lightly fragrant, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM24Add to basket:1/$12.503/$345/$5410/$100Limit 10, please.
BLACK FRIAR, 1951        New
It’s back! With its velvety, wine-dark petals, chartreuse throat, and graceful, lily-like form, ‘Black Friar’ is one of the best of the mid-century “black” daylilies. Tall and vigorous, it was bred by the first woman to win the AHS’s top award for hybridizing, “Sun-Proof” Mary Lester of Georgia. 38-40”, mid-to-late, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart to compare.
HM21Add to basket:1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
CABALLERO, 1941        Web-Only
‘Caballero’s long, curling petals are gold and an intriguing rusty brown (yes, brown!) that may remind you of saddle-leather and sandstone buttes — which is probably just what Stout had in mind when he named it. Caballeros were the noble “gentlemen-cowboys” of popular movies such as The Bold Caballero of 1936 with its dashing hero, Zorro. 36-40”, early-mid season, evergreen, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM15Add to basket:1/$73/$195/$3010/$5625/$126
CHALLENGER, 1949        Web-Only
This dramatically tall, colorful daylily will draw your eye from the farthest reaches of your garden. It gets its height — five feet or more here — from H. altissima, native to the mountains of Nanjing, and with 25-30 buds per stem, its striking red flowers will entertain you from mid-summer into fall. By A.B. Stout, 48-72”, dormant, z. 5a-8b(10bWC), Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM22Add to basket:1/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
CORKY, 1959        Rarest
This great little daylily has a lot of famous friends. Ken Druse first urged us to offer it, Christopher Lloyd called it a “first-rate AGM winner,” and Pamela Harper in Time-Tested Plants writes, “I doubt that any daylily will ever please me more than ‘Corky’.” Its small, wildflowery blooms are shaded with bronze on the outside, and since every wiry stem holds up to 40 buds, they open for a long time. 34”, mid-season, dormant, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM19Add to basket:1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
With up to 30 buds per stem, this Nebraska-bred classic will brighten your mid-summer garden with six weeks of star-like, jewel-toned blossoms that are as graceful as wildflowers. Named for a hit movie that later inspired Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s another masterpiece from the great Henry Sass whose family introduced so many enduringly popular iris and peonies. 30-32”, mid-season, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart to compare.
HM25Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
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