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Happy Returns Daylily
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Truly a picture of happiness! Happy Returns Daylily will unleash a parade of sunshine-yellow blossoms in your landscape that will continue practically the whole season. This spritely Spirit has the ever-blooming Stella de Oro Daylily in its genes, but Happy’s flowers are a clear lemon-yellow color that many find more compatible with their palette than Stella’s orangey-gold petals. Plant it at the feet of reblooming red or pink Roses for a joyful combination that will brighten your garden all summer. We also love its cheery yellow bells with the cool blue spires of Russian Sage.
Daylilies, originally native to Asia, have become one of gardeners’ most beloved Spirits, and with good reason. These tough, adaptable plants offer stunning blooms in a wide array of colors, sizes, and shapes. Some are fragrant, too. They’re easy to hybridize, and professionals and amateurs alike have come up with winning new forms. An accomplished Daylily breeder by the name of Darrell Apps developed Happy Returns in 1986. He used ‘Stella de Oro’ as one parent to get the strong reblooming trait and ‘Suzi Wong’ as the other parent to achieve the lovely soft yellow color.
Happy Returns Daylily doesn’t just get by on its looks—it’s got a sweet scent, too! Plant some clumps in a raised bed, or grow it in a container so you can bring the gentle fragrance closer to nose level.
How to Grow
A full-sun site will yield the most blooms; very light shade is acceptable, too. Happy Returns Daylily will grow in any soil with decent drainage. Rich, organic, but free-draining ground is ideal. Water well during establishment and during dry spells. During the growing season, you can maximize rebloom by removing spent flowers promptly, before they have a chance to go to seed and divert energy to seed production. Cut down brown foliage in late fall or winter to make way for new growth to emerge in early spring. If reblooming slows down, dig, divide, and replant clumps to restore vigor.
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