Data specific to Daylilies (Edit)
AHS link: AHS Daylily Cultivar Info
Hybridizer: Apps
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986
Foliage type: Dormant
Scape height: 18 inches
Bloom size: 3.12 inches
Bloom time: Extra early
Plant Traits: Extended Bloom
Bud Builder
Bud Count: 10-15
Rust Resistance: Shows Resistance
Rust Resistance Decimal Score: 1.0
Bloom Traits: Self
Bloom Form: Single
Color description: light yellow self
AHS Awards: Honorable Mention: 1992

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Ploidy: Diploid
Parentage: Suzie Wong x Stella De Oro
Child plants: 29 child plants

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Common names
  • Daylily

'Happy Returns' was a featured
Plant of the Day for March 25, 2017.
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Location: Tabby's Garden
Date: 2008 july
Extremely easy bloomer
Location: Garden that used to be my lawn
Date: 2017-06-09
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-06-13
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-07-13
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2010-06-23
Location: Garden that used to be my lawn
Date: 2017-06-24
Location: Lincoln, NE
Date: 2017-06-03
Digital Camera
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 21, 2021
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2022-07-21
Happy Returns at full bloom
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2022-06-20
Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: 2013-05-22
Location: Grapevine, Texas USA
Date: 2022-05-23

Date: 2018-08-22
Location: Duluth, MN (4b)
Date: 2023-07-22
Location: My garden in Lake Elmo, MN
Date: 2019-08-21
Happy Returns with frog
Location: Henry County, Virginia
Date: 2022-06-07
Has already sent up many scapes this year!
Location: Northville, MI
Date: July 1, 2022, 10:20 AM
Location: Waldoboro Maine
Date: 2019-07-22
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: my garden-zone 6b
Date: 2023-07-31
Location: North Carolina
Date: 2021-06-07
Happy Returns
Location: Pembroke, GA
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-07-03
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Date: 2022-06-19
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-04-28
For sale at Lowe's
Uploaded by pinkiris
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-21
"Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns', 2017, Lemon Yellow [Daylily], hem-
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-05-11

Date: 2018-05-22
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
Date: 2020-06-22
Lovely bright yellow blooms again and again

Date: 2014-06-20
  • Uploaded by Cat
Location: Lexington, KY
Date: 2015-06-24

Date: 2009-06-21
Uploaded by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: Amherst, New Hampshire
Date: June
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2022-06-17
Location: Stoneham MA
Date: June 26, 2022
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2017-06-05
By tabbycat
Uploaded by mcash70
Location: My Garden- Vermont
Date: 2015-07-26
Happy Returns with seed pods developing
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-08-27
Location: My garden.
Date: July 29, 2010

Image Courtesy of Monches Farm Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My 6b garden
Date: 2017-06-03
Single fan division blooming it's little heart out!

Photo Courtesy of Merrilily Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2010-07-09
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2005-08-22
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-05-10
Location: My garden.
Date: July 29, 2009

Date: 2014-05-25
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: My Yard
Date: 2015-06-03

Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Nottawasaga Daylilies. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Uploaded by ARoseblush
Uploaded by Hemlady
Location: Lexington, KY
Date: 2014-06-23
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-21
"Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns', 2017, Lemon Yellow [Daylily], hem-

Photo Courtesy of Spring Fever Daylilies. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2018-06-30

Date: 2014-08-15
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-05-11
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-05-11
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-02
First bloom of the season
Uploaded by Cat
  • Uploaded by Cat

Date: 2009-08-15
Credit Paul Paradis

Photo Courtesy of Lilywood Farms. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Garden- Vermont
Date: 2014-07-03

Image courtesy of Archway Daylily Gardens Used with permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-07-14
A bright spot of color for a dark area.
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Date: 2014-06-20

Photo Courtesy of Crossview Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Uploaded by kimkats
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2016-06-22
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2012-06-13
Location: My Yard, Zone 6a
Date: 2012-06-13
Location: Critter's garden in Frederick MD
Date: 2013-06-19
Blooms on & off all summer
Location: Jacksonville TX
Date: 2014-06-13
Location: My Garden- Vermont
Date: 2013-07-10
Excellent example of a 'bud building' dayliliy with spiral scales
Uploaded by stilldew

Photo Courtesy of Keast Daylily Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Daylilies Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-04-28
For sale at Lowe's

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My garden.
Date: 2011-9-18
Bee pollenated pods on Happy Returns.
Location: My home
Date: 2010-9-22
My first daylily seeds.

Date: 2013-08-16
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-05-11

Date: 2014-06-30
Credit James Steakley

Photo Courtesy of May's Acres Daylilies. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
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Comments:
  • Posted by Avedon (NE Tex - Zone 8a) on May 23, 2013 6:52 PM concerning plant:
    Always a reliable bloomer and for a very long time. In a good year, this plant will be blooming here in November.
  • Posted by mcash70 (Near Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 3a) on Sep 29, 2011 5:54 PM concerning plant:
    Happy Returns is a favorite of mine, first to bloom, then it continues to do so all summer. Very pod and pollen fertile, at least in my experience.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 10, 2018 3:37 PM concerning plant:
    This cutie bloomed April and May this year, 2018. I call it a mini 'Going Bananas' because they are the same yellow color and it has similar creping and edge ruffling. I like it planted next to 'Raspberry Pixie,' which blooms the same time and is about the same size flower and plant but a darker raspberry shade that complements it.
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scapes noted in MI
tabbycat On April 17, 2024 Bloomed
1st for 2024. on short stems.
tabbycat On May 5, 2023 Bloomed
1st flower of 2023
tabbycat On July 25, 2022 Bloomed
Reblooming
tabbycat On April 17, 2022 Bloomed
1st bloom of 2022
tabbycat On July 20, 2021 Bloomed
reblooming
tabbycat On April 5, 2020 Bloomed
1st of 2020
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tabbycat On April 14, 2019 Bloomed
1st of 2019 til May 14. Smaller & golder than 'Going Bananas'.
DeweyRooter On September 6, 2021 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Dug up and donated to a northern home.
DeweyRooter On May 10, 2020 Bloomed
DeweyRooter On August 18, 2019 Obtained plant
Received three large plants from Oakes Daylilies. Planted in bed.
SuperHappyCamper On June 6, 2021 Obtained plant
Purchased from HD.
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