• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; foliage reaches 15 in. tall; flower reach slightly taller.
    Key Feature:
    Continuous Summer Blooms
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hem-er-o-KAL-is
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; foliage reaches 15 in. tall; flower reach slightly taller.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis carefree perennial fits into almost any garden. Spot into perennial borders as individuals or small clusters. Provides excellent season color among dull or tired looking shrub beds. A perfect way to spice up foundation beds out front. Mass into a sea of color for groundcover or in drifts within mixed plantings. Use as edging for walkways and lawns, or in the classical technique around the base of bird bath or sundial.
    Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Lavender (Lavandula); Coneflower (Echinacea); Cranesbill (Geranium); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in organically rich loam; adapts to most soil types, provided it is well-drained. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Remove old foliage and spent blooms for a neat appearance and to promote continued bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    'Happy Returns' is a descendant of popular selection 'Stella de Oro'.
    Lore:
    Daylilies were nearly impossible to hybridize until 1921 when Dr. A.B. Stout perfected a method that proved so successful that by 1994 there were 36,486 cultivars under official registration. Daylily flowers are edible and plants have long been cultivation in Chinese kitchen gardens.

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