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Hemerocallis 'Return a Smile'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Daylily

Similar in color to ‘Always Afternoon’, this improved cultivar has proven to be more cold hardy and thus is a better choice for northern climates. 

The flower form is also improved; each lovely blossom is of consistently rounded form and has thicker, more durable petals than its parent.  The sunfast, mauve pink, 5 inch flowers have a prominent wine purple eye, yellow-green throat, and ruffled tepals.  Three-way branched scapes carry 20 or more buds apiece in early midseason and then again later in the season. 

Attractive blue-green foliage complements the flowers nicely.  ‘Return a Smile’ is a vigorous grower and rapidly multiplying cultivar.  Dormant tetraploid.

This is considered a premium daylily, which means that it has been selected as highly performing plant with exceptional bloom performance, substantive, vibrantly colored flowers, complete winter hardiness in northern zones, and a vigorous habit.

Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees (not affected by juglone).

Breeder: Blaney

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  26 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Rebloomer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Daylilies are some of the easiest perennials to grow and are a good choice for any gardener, from the beginner to the professional. These are tough, adaptable plants that will grow in any soil, from normal to slightly wet to dry. Older varieties are able to bloom if planted in partial shade, but most of the newer introductions need full sun for best performance. Likewise, older varieties tend to spread more rapidly than the newer hybrids.

All varieties can be divided every 3-4 years by digging up the entire clump and dividing it into smaller pieces with a minimum of 3 eyes each. This can be done in either spring or fall. Plants should be deadheaded for cosmetic purposes, but in most cases this will not extend the bloom time.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Sedum 'Xenox' PP16888 CPBR3451
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Shorty White' PPAF
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonray' PP21931
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Blue Cushion' PP9119 COPF
Common Name: Lavender-English
5,6,7,8,9
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History:

Daylilies were eaten as food in China and Japan.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.