Gulf Coast Daylily Society of Southeast Texas
PLACEMENT TIPS FOR DAYLILIES
By Deane Spradley
Keep these tips in mind as you plant daylilies.
Light-colored daylilies are showier when planted in front of a dark background, whether it’s deep green foliage or a dark fence.
Yellow, orange, and pink show off well from a distance. Red or purple daylilies show up best against a light background, such as a white fence.
Some varieties feature color patterns such as blooms with “eyes”, or contrasting edges. Use these exotic eyed, edged, or patterned lilies up close. Eyed varieties are also effective planted en masse.
Daylilies work well in a mixed perennial border. Ornamental grasses are effective partners. Other flowers make good partners also - irises, stokesias, shasta daisies, and coreopsis just to name a few.
Shorter varieties are ideal along a path. Daylilies are effective in containers on patios or doorsteps.
Daylilies may be either evergreen, semi-evergreen, or dormant. Some dormants do not do well in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Northern-bred daylilies selected for cold hardiness may not flourish in local conditions as well. Local commercial growers usually stock plants that will do well here.