Day Lillies Four Years Later

When you are planing a garden you need to think not just about how the makeover with the new plants will look when you are done but how they will look a two, three or more years later.

With that in mind, I thought you might be interested in seeing how little or how much the Stella D’Or Day Lillies in our front garden have progressed now into their fourth year.

Did much change after four years?

Lets take a look.

First Year With the Stella D’Or Day Lillies

If you recall, our first full summer in our current home saw us undertake a complete front garden makeover.

As part of the garden makeover, we planted a dozen Stella D’Or Day Lillies along the side of our driveway.

Stella DOr Day Lillies Year 11 Day Lillies Four Years Later
Well, we thought it was an even dozen of these Day Lillies. It was actually 11 of the Stella D’Or variety plus one that we still have not yet identified the exact type.

Not An Ordinary Day Lily Day Lillies Four Years Later

If you know what type the rogue day lilly variety is, please leave a comment so we know. icon smile Day Lillies Four Years Later

Caragana Aborescens Pendula and Autumn Fire Stonecrop Day Lillies Four Years Later

They were quite nice throughout the summer and early fall with the 11 Stella D’Or Day Lillies providing lots and lots of yellow flowers as shown in the above picture taken in September of that same first year.

Stella D’Or Day Lillies Four Years Later

Now fast forward to the spring of the fourth year and lets take a look at the situation.

Stella DOr Day Lillies After 4 Years Day Lillies Four Years Later

The picture above shows a large amount of growth in the plants coming from the root growth over the four years (since these are perennials, they hibernate each winter and are cut back to the soil).

Stella DOr Day Lillies Along Driveway1 Day Lillies Four Years Later

After four years this variety of Day Lilly perennials are healthy and thriving. For you cost focused folks, that’s pretty good return on your investment!

Front Garden 4 Years After Makeover Day Lillies Four Years Later

The question is, are they too much? Are the dozen Day Lillies taking too much of the focus away from the rest of the garden?

To me, I don’t think so. Yet, that is subjective and everyone will have their own opinion.

And, if they are too much, they can easily be pruned back.

So, Stella D’Or Day Lillies receive my two thumbs up as a great perennial plant for your garden.

What types of Day Lillies do you have in your garden?

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  1. Victor says:

    Very nice lilies! I have a good book on gardening that says lilies are a great plant for using in problem landscape areas because they aren’t too picky about soil conditions. I have some nice clumps of tiger lilies in my yard and I love them because they re-seed themselves and are very low maintenance. Thanks for your tips.

  2. Rachel says:


    I just moved into a new house and I would love to plant some lilies. However, the area I have to plant them is almost always shaded, and I worry they will not grow. I have read that they can grow in light shade, but I’m not sure what that means. What do you think?
    Yours seem to be in full sun, so I don’t know if you will know the answer to my question. Just thought I would ask because your lilies are absolute beauties!


  3. Mary says:

    The common day lily will grow in “high shade”, meaning under mature trees in an open area where azaleas will grow and bloom. The amount of light is as important as sunshine on the plants. Since you have some direct sun you should be good to go. It would probably be good to try some inexpensive common daylilies, or just one or two Stella D’oro, rather than invest a considerable amount of money at first.

    It would probably be good to look on Craigslist and see if someone is giving some plants away or selling them for $1.00 or so. The clumps have to be thinned as they spread and get crowded after a few years. I have found that the fancy expensive ones revert to the original wild type after a few years.

    Loosen up the soil very well and deep, plant a couple lilies about a foot apart, add a couple handfuls of fertilizer on top of the ground, water well and see how they do. You can always move them later, and oddly enough they do very well in containers on the deck or patio.

    Hope this helps.

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