Daylilies are one of the most versatile perennials available to gardeners. Thanks to the work of devoted breeders and the enthusiasm of passionate gardeners, daylilies are available in an astonishing range of flower colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns, ensuring that there is a variety to complement any garden.
Besides the traditional golds and oranges, you can find daylily flowers in shades of red, pink, and purple, including some very pale pastels that approach pure white. Some of the most interesting varieties are patterned with zones of different color around the throat; these are often referred to as "eyed" daylilies.
Daylilies are remarkably adaptable and will thrive in full sun to part shade in just about any soil type. Dwarf varieties pair well with hardy geraniums, bellflowers, and penstemon, and look great in front of clematis and climbing roses. Large varieties complement coneflowers, Shasta daisies, coreopsis, monarda, and tall phlox.
With the great selection available, choosing a variety can be a challenge. If you're adding daylilies to an existing perennial garden, think about what role you'd like them to play. Is your garden in need of some livening up? Consider a long-blooming, bright yellow variety, such as Stella d'Oro. Do you need a colorful groundcover? Consider a mass planting of dwarf varieties. Or you may simply want to add a conversation-starter by planting some especially showy large-flowered types.
Here are some suggestions for attractive flower combinations.
Choose brightly colored varieties of these plants for a striking border:
The muted colors and light, airy textures of these relatively large plants make them attractive -- but not overwhelming -- companions for daylilies:
Growing perennials such as lavender and baby's breath as companions to daylilies provides not only contrasting flower colors, but diverse foliage textures as well.