The botanical name for daylily
is "Hemerocallis" which is the Greek name
for "beautiful for a day". As just reward,
many buds will form on each bloomscape throughout
the blooming period creating an ongoing blooming effect.
The daylily is not native to America. Today's daylilies
have been derived from about 16 original species native
to Eurasia. We recognize these orange colored original
daylilies today as "by-the-roadside-lilies"
which are prevalent along some VA Highways.
Throughout the years, hybridizers have patiently
worked with the daylily developing significant characteristics
such as hardiness, resistance to disease, and bloom
production as well as visible traits like variety
in color, form, and texture. The strides that have
been made in developing the daylily are truly remarkable!
There are over 50,000 named, registered daylily varieties
Daylilies are the foundation of any perennial garden.
They are second only to the rose in popularity. With
some planning, your daylilies could begin blooming
with the earliest perennials and continue blooming
after most other perennials have completed their bloom
cycle for the summer. If we can assist in your garden
layout and plant selections in any way, please let
The Types of Foliage
There are three categories of daylily plants - evergreen,
semi-evergreen, and dormant. Evergreen indicates the
foliage will be green until a heavy freeze. Semi-evergreen
foliage will recede partially prior to a freeze and
may not recede at all in the warmest climates, as
may evergreens. On dormant plants, the foliage dies
back to the ground each winter.
We recommend evergreen and semi-evergreen plants for
the extreme South - i.e., Fla. because some dormant
varieties are hard to establish there. Dormant varieties
are very hardy and are recommended in more Northern
All in all, daylilies are very hardy wherever they're
grown. With proper mulching and care any varieties
may be grown in your area.