Happy Returns Daylily

Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'

Family: Daylily

Type: Perennial

Happy Returns Daylily, scientifically known as Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’, is a popular perennial plant. It’s highly prized for its bright, lemon-yellow flowers that bloom profusely throughout the summer.

This daylily variety is a rebloomer, meaning it produces several flushes of blooms from early summer to early fall. Its compact size and cheerful color make it a versatile addition to any garden.

Happy Returns is low maintenance and adaptable, thriving in a wide range of conditions. It’s an excellent choice for gardeners looking for long-lasting, reliable blooms with minimal effort.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2b-9a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 1.5

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Arching


Flower Color: Yellow

Flower Shape: Trumpet

Bloom Season: From late spring to late summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Grassy

Landscaping Your Yard With Happy Returns Daylily
Integrating Happy Returns Daylily into your landscape design can create bright, inviting spaces. Its sunny yellow blooms add a touch of cheerfulness to any garden setting.
This daylily works wonderfully in borders, mixed beds, or as mass plantings. Its repeat blooming habit ensures a continuous display of color throughout the growing season.
Consider using Happy Returns for edging along paths or driveways. Its neat, mounded habit and continuous blooms make it ideal for defining garden spaces and adding curb appeal.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

Happy Returns Daylily fits perfectly into the casual, abundant feel of a cottage garden. Its bright flowers and easy-going nature enhance the charming, relaxed atmosphere of this style.

Modern Garden

In contemporary gardens, this daylily can add splashes of vibrant color against more structured plantings. Its bold blooms can break the monotony in minimalist landscapes.

Pollinator Garden

Being attractive to butterflies and bees, Happy Returns Daylily is a great addition to pollinator gardens. Its long blooming period provides a consistent source of nectar.

Happy Returns Daylily Landscaping Ideas

Combine with purple or blue flowers for a striking contrast. The yellow blooms of Happy Returns complement cooler tones beautifully.

Use as a filler in perennial beds. Its compact size and profuse blooming make it an excellent choice for filling gaps and adding continuous color.

Plant in containers for patio or balcony gardens. Happy Returns Daylily adapts well to container gardening, bringing its cheerful presence to smaller spaces.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Happy Returns Daylily begins to grow, setting out fresh foliage as a base for the forthcoming vibrant blooms.


During summer, the daylily is in full bloom. Gardens come alive with its bright yellow flowers, making it a highlight of the summer garden.


In fall, Happy Returns may continue blooming until the first frost. As temperatures cool, the plant begins to wind down its growth cycle.


In winter, Happy Returns Daylily goes dormant. The foliage may die back, but the plant will rejuvenate with vigorous growth and vibrant blooms in the next growing season.

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Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Happy Returns Daylily is best planted in a location with full sun to partial shade. It flourishes in sunny areas but appreciates some afternoon shade in hotter climates.


Full sun to partial shade is ideal for this daylily. While it can tolerate various light conditions, full sun encourages the most abundant and vibrant blooms.


Well-drained soil is crucial for Happy Returns Daylily. It can tolerate a range of soil types but performs best in soil that is moderately fertile and not too dry.


Space plants about 18 to 24 inches apart. This spacing allows each plant enough room to grow and flourish, and helps prevent issues with air circulation.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Happy Returns Daylily is in the spring or early fall. This allows the plants to establish roots before the stress of summer heat or winter cold.

How to Plant

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball. Place the daylily in the hole, backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch to help retain soil moisture.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, daylilies are moderately drought-tolerant.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Additional feeding can be done after the first bloom to encourage more flowers.


Deadhead spent blooms to encourage reblooming. In late fall or early spring, cut back foliage to tidy up the plant and encourage healthy new growth.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, remove any dead foliage from the previous year. Apply a balanced fertilizer and water well to kickstart growth.

Summer Care

During summer, keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Continue to deadhead regularly for continued blooming.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. You can also apply a layer of mulch for winter protection.

Winter Care

In winter, Happy Returns Daylily is dormant. It requires minimal care during this time, but ensure it's well-mulched in colder regions.

Plant Alternatives


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How Long Do Happy Returns Daylily Blooms Last?

Each individual flower lasts for one day, but the plant produces many blooms over a long period, typically from early summer to early fall.

Are Happy Returns Daylilies Deer Resistant?

While no plant is completely deer-proof, daylilies are generally not a favorite for deer and can be considered moderately deer-resistant.

Can Happy Returns Daylilies Be Divided?

Yes, dividing Happy Returns Daylilies every 3-5 years helps rejuvenate the plant and maintain vigorous growth. The best time to divide is in the early spring or after flowering.

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