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Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Daylily
  • An extremely popular and widely used reblooming daylily
  • 3", fragrant, canary yellow complete self
  • Tepal edges are slightly crimped
  • Of 'Stella de Oro' parentage, though flowers are slightly larger and a clear lemon yellow instead of gold
  • Blooms profusely in early summer and reblooms sporadically until frost
  • Extended bloom--flowers last at least 16 hours each
  • Deep green healthy foliage
  • Very heat tolerant, but may pause blooming in the hottest parts of summer
  • Diploid
  • Awards: HM '92, MNLA Grower's Choice Award™ '01

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: Darrel Apps

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow 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?:
  Early summer
  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
Edging
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Small / Miniature
Long blooming
Continuous bloom or rebloomer
Easy to grow

Awards:

  American Hemerocallis Society Honorable Mention (AHS first stamp of approval) 1992
  MNLA Grower's Choice Award 2001

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  
Leucanthemum superbum 'Alaska'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' ('Rubinstern')
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Alchemilla mollis
Common Name: Lady's Mantle
3,4,5,6,7
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Delphinium 'Purple Passion'
Common Name: Delphinium-Hybrid Bee
3,4,5,6,7
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Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles' PP18932
Common Name: Speedwell-Spike
4,5,6,7,8
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Campanula 'Sarastro'
Common Name: Bellflower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Heuchera 'Paris' PP18881 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.