Daylilies are a gardener's dream come true. Their robust disposition makes them easy to grow, trouble-free, and quick to multiply. These midsummer bloomers can survive under the most unfavorable conditions—poor soil, drought—and there are varieties that bloom in both sun and partial shade from Zone 3 (Maine) to Zone 10 (Florida), covering all of the U.S. and parts of Canada. Since they can tolerate a half-day of shade, massed daylilies will even grow under a tree.
Here are some Hemerocallis varieties with notable characteristics that will work in many gardens. If you question whether a particular variety will be hardy in your own yard, ask gardeners in your area for their recommendations and to order plants from local growers, or from one whose climate is similar to your own.