Oakes Daylilies, P.O. Box 268, Corryton, Tennessee 37721
Order Online: We're pleased to offer you the convenience of ordering right here on the Internet. Our order form is secure so using your credit card is safe! For online orders, we can ship to U.S. and Canadian addresses only.
Telephone Orders: You may also call us at 1-800-532-9545 (1-800-5DAYLILY) toll-free or 1-865-687-3770 and place your order. Or, fax your order to 1-865-688-8186, 24 hours a day. For phone orders:
- Only credit card orders
- U.S., Canadian, and foreign addresses
Sales Tax: Tennessee residents are required to pay sales tax on the books, plant labels, and prints offered in this catalog (not on the plants).
Shipping Season: Our daylily shipping season is February - November.
Approximate Dates We Start Shipping by USDA Hardiness Zone
- Zones 9-10: Mid-late February
- Zone 8: Early-mid March
- Zone 7: Mid-late March
- Zone 6: Late March - early April
- Zone 5: Early-late April
- Zones 2-4: Late April-early May
We do ship through the summer to all areas, and we stop shipping to areas 4-6 weeks before they expect a hard frost.
Delivery Date: We ship your plants as close to the time you request as possible. If you do not request a specific date, we will estimate a correct Spring shipping date for Spring orders, and we will send Summer and Fall orders as soon as possible, normally within one to two weeks.
Shipping Method: Plants are normally shipped FedEx Ground. Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico will ship via Priority Mail. A base fee of $12.95 for ground delivery; USPS Priority Mail adds $2.00 per plant, except orders to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico which adds $3.50 per plant.
If you order one or more prints, add $5.
Bonus Plants: We normally include bonus plants equal to about 20% of your order. Use the comments box to suggest bonus plants you would like.
If you've ever grown daylilies, you're probably familiar with what a great plant they are. They have to be one of the easiest plants available — hardy perennials that require little maintenance and have almost no problems from pest or disease. And, of course, there is an incredible variety to choose from! Blooms in almost any color, in sizes from 2" to 10" and in a variety of shapes — perfectly round, to spiders to doubles. Useful as both specimens and mass plantings, there is a spot in every garden for a daylily.
- Selection — Believe it or not, since 1900 there have been over 50,000 different varieties of daylilies named and introduced. We certainly haven't grown them all, but we have grown over 4000 varieties at one time or another. From this wealth of choices, we have selected varieties to offer you that are not only beautiful but that we know will grow and perform reliably.
- Extra-Large Plants — When it comes to daylily plants, bigger is better! Like these three plants that Ken is holding, all of the plants we ship will be three fans or larger — two or three times (or more) what you might receive from other companies. Larger plants get established faster and produce more blooms quicker!
- Farm-Fresh to You — All of your plants will be freshly dug when you order. The leaves are trimmed and the plants are washed and air-dried. Your daylilies will be out of the ground less than 48 hours before they're headed your way, and they'll be ready to jump out of the ground when they get there.
- For Your Confidence — Maybe you aren't very familiar with daylilies (or our company). We want to make sure that you feel confident that you can order with complete assurance of satisfaction. You will enjoy the daylilies we send you - we guarantee it!
Daylily Festival: Friday and Saturday, June 29 & 30, 9 am - 3 pm. 6 Acre Display Garden - Over 1500 Varieties. Refreshments will be served. Free daylily for every guest. Chance to win one of several $100 daylilies or other prizes.
Other open days this season: June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, July 6, 7. 9 am - 2 pm.
Digging in the garden: As our growing fields are in a different location, we are not able to dig plants for our garden visitors. You can, however, call ahead and have an order ready to pick up.
Group visits: Garden clubs, daylily clubs and groups of friends and family are all especially welcome to come visit. We can give tours and speeches - please call ahead so we'll know you are coming. Also, large groups may want to inquire about visiting on days other than our normal open garden days so that we will have plenty of time to spend with you.
Where to Stay: We have arranged for a special rate of $79/night at the Fairfield Inn Knoxville East (1551 Cracker Barrel Lane) for the days around the Festival. Ask for the Daylily Festival rate when you call — (865) 971-4033.
Take the Knoxville Center exit off I-640
(formerly the East Towne Mall Exit), go north onto Washington Pike 10 miles. Turn left onto
Corryton Rd., go 2 miles and turn right onto Monday Rd., 1/4 mile to the garden.
Another route from Knoxville is to take I-40 East to the Rutledge Pike exit (Exit 392). Go right (north) 8 miles and turn left onto Roberts Rd. (just past the C&K Equipment Co. which is on the right). The 2nd stop sign is Washington Pike. Turn right and go 3 miles. Turn left onto Corryton Rd., go 2 miles and turn right onto Monday Rd., 1/4 mile to the garden.
Daylilies are among the most carefree and easy-to-grow perennials. They are very tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and are very forgiving of gardening "mistakes." But it really pays to give your daylilies the best growing conditions possible. They will respond accordingly.
Use the information below to help you plan for your new daylilies. Complete planting information is included with every order. And always, if you have questions or concerns, please call us (1-865-687-3770) or write us. We want you to be successful and happy growing daylilies.
Where to Plant
Sun: Daylilies love sun, full sun if possible, but will tolerate part-shade conditions. A general rule is to make sure they get at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. Many darker colored varieties will benefit from partial shade in the hottest part of the day.
Soils: Daylilies will grow in a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy clay, and in a wide range of soil pHs. There are steps you can take to improve your soil, especially if it is predominantly clay or sand. Clay soils can be improved by the addition of compost, humus or peat moss, or sand which will help make it more friable. Sandy soil will benefit from the addition of compost, humus or peat moss which will serve to increase water retention.
Drainage: Daylilies prefer well-drained soil. In problem areas, one way to achieve adequate drainage is to prepare raised beds.
Other plants: To avoid root competition for water and nutrients, do not plant daylilies near shrubs or trees if possible. If you can't avoid it, be sure to give them extra water and fertilizer to make up for what the other plants take. An exception is in the South, where daylilies perform well under pine trees, benefiting from their dappled shade.
When to Plant
Spring or Fall planting is recommended, especially in hot areas. Spring shipments should arrive after the ground has thawed and danger of hard frost has passed. Fall shipments should arrive several weeks before freezing weather, although you can plant later if you will mulch the plants.
Preparing for your new daylilies
Work your ground in advance, incorporating organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure if possible.
Daylily plants come in a wide range of sizes, but here are some general guidelines to follow:
Small Flower & Miniatures: 16" to 24"Some varieties increase very rapidly and will become crowded over time, sooner the closed you plant them. If you notice a decrease in blooms because of crowding you will want to divide your daylilies.
Large Flowers: 18" to 30"
For a closer bed or border: 12" to 18"
Caring For Your Daylilies
Water: Water is essential for good performance. In sufficient quantity, water helps
ensure that you get as many blooms and as large blooms as possible. It is most important that
daylilies get sufficient water in the spring, when plants are making scapes and buds, and in
summer during bloom season. Daylilies can withstand drought conditions, but you will notice
decreased numbers of blooms and smaller bloom sizes.
A general rule is to try and give your daylilies an inch of water every week - 3 or 4 long waterings to let the water soak in deep.
Fertilizer: What kind of fertilizer? Because each garden has different soils with
different nutrient needs, we hesitate to recommend a specific fertilizer for you to use on
your daylilies. In general, though, daylilies are not picky about their fertilizer, and for
most home gardeners a complete balanced fertilizer such as 6-12-12 or 10-10-10 will do fine.
When to apply? Wait until your newly planted daylilies are established, two to three weeks, before you fertilize them. Then a single application in the spring is sufficient for most gardens, although some gardeners choose to fertilize again in the late summer or early fall.
Mulch: Mulching can be beneficial to your daylilies in several ways. It can help by
improving your soil through the addition of organic material, by helping to retain moisture,
and by helping to discourage weeds. It can also help keep soil cooler in the winter.
There are good mulching materials you can use depending on what is available in your area. Wood chips, straw and pine needles are just a few possibilities.
Grooming: Many daylily growers remove the day's bloom at the end of the day, called
dead-heading, to give their gardens a neat appearance.
Because of the intense summer heat in our area, the foliage on our daylilies often appears somewhat ragged towards the middle to end of the summer, some varieties moreso than others. One practice we have found to be very useful to remedy this is that of trimming the foliage, with a weedeater, high-set lawn mower or clippers, to about 6"-10". This promotes the growth of fresh new foliage which keeps the plant looking nice until frost.
In winter in cold areas, feel free to remove the dead foliage, but realize that you are removing the plant's natural cold-insulator and replace it with mulch if possible.
Weed Control: There are no easy answers to weeds, as any gardener knows. Daylilies are good at keeping weeds down once they are established, but until then, mulch and hoeing are good weed-control methods. There are various herbicides available for use around daylilies, check with your local garden center or call us for more information.
Pests: Luckily, daylilies are not very susceptible to pests, and those that do bother them normally do only minor damage. Some of the more common pests are aphids, spider mites, thrips and slugs and snails. These pests may cause bumps on the buds, discolored leaves, bent or twisted scapes and ragged edges and holes on the foliage. It is often difficult to tell what exactly is bothering your plant, and you may want to check with your local agricultural agent and have him test to determine the cause. In the case of aphids or thrips, there are several sprays readily available at your local garden center or home warehouse store.
Landscaping with Daylilies
Because of their low maintenance and because they do come back year after year, daylilies make great additions to any landscape. Use them as ground covers, to hold banks, as borders along fences and walks, and in decorative beds throughout the landscape. They also make attractive containerized displays.
Groupings: For the greatest impact in the landscape, plant your daylilies in groups of the same variety.
Season of color: By selecting daylilies that bloom and rebloom during different times of the season, you can extend your color.
Tetraploids and Diploids: These terms designate whether a variety has eleven pairs of chromosomes (diploids) or twice as many (tetraploids). If you want to hybridize, you must cross diploids with diploids and tetraploids with tetraploids. On this website and in our catalogs, tetraploids are marked with an asterisk (*).
Dormants and Evergreens: Daylilies vary from dormant varieties (the leaves die completely to the ground in the winter) to evergreen varieties (the leaves try to grow whenever it gets warm) with various degrees of semi-evergreens in between. Gardeners from USDA zones 9 and 10, and other areas that do not have a cold period in the winter should buy only evergreen or semi-evergreen varieties. Northern gardeners in zones 4 or colder may want to stick with dormant varieties, although many semi-evergreen and evergreen varieties will grow well, especially if mulched. One other note: in zones 7/8 and colder, the foliage will typically be frozen to the ground regardless of foliage type.
Join the AHS: For more information about daylilies, consider joining the American Hemerocallis Society. Members receive quarterly issues of The Daylily Journal which contains many useful articles about daylily care and other daylily-related topics. Members also have access to other publications, videos, and slides and are invited to attend the Society's annual National Convention.
Awards, except for All-America, are given by the American Hemerocallis Society. Abbreviations used in the plant descriptions are given below:
EE: Begins blooming extra-early season
E: Begins blooming early season
EM: Begins blooming early and mid-season
M: Begins blooming mid-season
ML: Begins blooming mid and late season
L: Begins blooming late season
rebloom: Varieties may have more than one set of bloom scapes, either one right after another or with a break in between. Southern gardeners can expect more rebloom because of their longer season.
*: Tetraploid (see above for more information)
Show off your green thumb and win free daylilies in our Photo Contest!
There are three categories you can enter:
- Daylilies Used in the Landscape
- People/Animals and Daylilies
- Single Variety Pictures, etc.
As the name suggest, for the first category we are looking for pictures of daylilies featured in a landscape setting.
By customer request, the second category has been expanded to include pictures featuring people and daylilies as well as pictures featuring animals and daylilies.
The single variety category includes pictures of one variety of daylily, whether a single bloom, blooms or clumps, and whatever doesn't fit in the other categories.
Use your imagination, and good luck!
The winners in each category will receive the following -
- First Place - $200.00 gift certificate
- Second Place - $100.00 gift certificate
- Third Place - $50.00 gift certificate
- We may also award other prizes for deserving entries.
- The deadline to submit entries is October 1, 2012.
- Pictures may be digital pictures, slides or prints. (Contact us to find out where to email photos)
- We will return all entries, but we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged entries.
- You must be able to identify daylilies featured prominently, and they should be available from Oakes Daylilies.
- We reserve the right to use any pictures in our catalog and to print winners names in our catalog.
- We reserve the right to not award some or all prizes if there are not deserving entries.