Daylily Companion Plants – Learn What To Plant With Daylily

Two orange blossoms of the species Orange Daylily. Taken in a flowerbed from above.
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By Liz Baessler

Companion planting is an important aspect of setting up any garden. Sometimes it involves pairing plants commonly attacked by bugs with plants that drive those bugs away. Sometimes it involves pairing heavy feeders with nitrogen fixers, like peas. Sometimes, however, it’s purely aesthetic. Daylilies are long blooming, brightly colored perennials that are extremely popular in gardens. They’re especially popular mixed in with other flowers, and the key to finding the best daylily companion plants is deciding which colors and heights work best for an overall effect. Keep reading to learn more about picking the right flowers to plant with daylilies.

Daylily Companion Plants

There are a few basic guidelines to consider when choosing companions for daylilies. First of all, daylilies prefer full sun or at least very light shade, so any companion plants for daylily plants should have similar requirements. Be careful, though – don’t plant anything taller than your daylilies, or else you’ll accidentally create shade in your sunny spot.

Daylilies also like well-drained, rich, slightly acidic soil, so stick to plants that like the same. Avoid planting daylilies under trees, as the shade will stunt their growth and the tree roots will get in the way of the lilies’ own extensive root system.

What to Plant with Daylily


There are plenty of good daylily companion plants. Daylilies will bloom all through the summer, so plant them interspersed with a variety of plants that bloom at different times to keep your garden looking full and interesting.

Some good flowers to plant with daylilies include:

Although daylilies look amazing scattered with other blooms, you don’t have to restrict yourself to plants known only for their flowers. Some good companions for daylilies that have striking foliage as well include Russian sage, hosta, and heuchera.

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