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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. See what you’ll get: freshly dug, bare-root plants with 2-4 fans (growing points). Plant in full sun to light shade, and learn more here.


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). Daylily care.

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

COS-31 1/$31.50 2/$60.50 3/$86 4/$111 5/$135 SOLD OUT
AUTUMN MINARET, 1951        
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 & care.
HM-24 1/$12.50 3/$34 5/$54 10/$100 25/$225 SOLD OUT
CRIMSON PIRATE, 1951        
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 & care.
HM-25 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
H. fulva ‘Kwanso’, KWANSO DOUBLE, 1860        
With three sets of petals tucked neatly inside one another, this opulent daylily is quirky enough to appeal to Victorian gardeners yet “handsome” enough (to quote taste-maker Louise Beebe Wilder in 1916) to earn it a leading role in the sumptuous Red Borders at England’s famous Hidcote Gardens. 36-40”, early summer blooming, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart & care.
HM-02 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, LEMON LILY, 1570        Rarest
True stock! Many daylilies are mistakenly called lemon lily, but ours is the true original. For centuries, this and the single orange “ditch lily” were the only daylilies common in gardens. Always the more prized, lemon lily is smaller, much more graceful, and early blooming, with a sweet scent that led one botanist in 1733 to call it the “Yellow Tuberose.” Best in cool climates and moist soils. We ship single fans of this great rarity. Formerly H. flava, 30-34”, dormant, zones 3a-7a(9aWC), from Vermont and Ann Arbor. Chart & care.
HM-03 1/$16.50 3/$45 5/$71 10/$132 25/$297 SOLD OUT
LOUISE RUSSELL, 1959        New
At just two feet tall, this abundantly blooming, mid-century pink is perfect for small gardens or the front of the border. It’s a soft peachy pink with a lemon yellow throat, as cool and summery as pink lemonade pie. 18-24”, mid to late-mid, dormant, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from Missouri. Chart & care.
HM-27 1/$8 3/$22 5/$34.50 10/$64 25/$144 SOLD OUT
LUXURY LACE, 1959        
When we asked the experts, this pastel gem topped the list of heirloom daylilies we just had to offer. Its pale, melon-pink color was an exciting advance for the 1950s, and – enhanced by a cool green throat – it’s still exciting and lovely today. Winner of the Stout Medal, it was bred by Edna Spalding of rural Louisiana who grew her seedlings in the vegetable garden and culled the rejects with a kitchen knife. 32”, mid-summer blooming, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Missouri. Chart & care.
HM-10 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 5/$32.50 10/$60 25/$135 SOLD OUT
OPHIR, 1924        Rarest & It’s Back!
Much more than just another yellow daylily, ‘Ophir’ has unusually long, trumpet-shaped flowers – almost like an Easter lily – making it one of the most graceful and distinctive daylilies we’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the first American-bred daylilies, by Bertrand Farr, and the great Elizabeth Lawrence grew it, writing in 1943 that it was “more beautiful than ever this season, and the only attention it has ever had is a mulch of cow manure each fall.” 38-46”, mid-season, semi-evergreen, zones 4a-8b(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart & care.
HM-26 1/$8 3/$22 5/$34.50 10/$64 25/$144 SOLD OUT
ORANGEMAN, 1902        Rarest
We can’t understand why everyone isn’t growing this great little daylily. It blooms remarkably early – with the first bearded iris of May – and profusely, even in the half-shade of our old grape arbor. Its graceful, star-like flowers are a cheery yellow-orange that’s somewhere between mangoes and California poppies. And it’s one of the oldest survivors from the very dawn of daylily breeding, by school teacher George Yeld. 24-30”, dormant, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart & care.
HM-18 1/$8 3/$22 5/$34.50 10/$64 25/$144 SOLD OUT
PORT, 1941        Rarest & New
We love how profusely this charming little daylily blooms, and how its small, rusty red flowers glow warmly in the summer sun. Bred by the great A.B. Stout, it was named by globe-trotting “lady botanist” Mary Gibson Henry in memory of her youngest son, Porteous. 30-36”, early-mid to mid, semi-evergreen, zones 4a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart & care.
HM-32 1/$9.50 3/$26 5/$41 10/$76 25/$171 SOLD OUT
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