Why Oakes?

Company History

From Humble Beginnings: Over 50 years of beautiful daylillies.

Stewart Oakes and his father, William, always enjoyed growing things— including all kinds of flowers. At some point in the 1960’s, they tried their first daylilies and were instantly hooked. The few varieties they had in their backyard garden became hundreds of varieties, quickly growing beyond their backyard all the way to the hayfield. 

As the daylilies grew and multiplied,  Stewart and William began selling daylilies from the fields around the house. In the ’80s, they printed a black and white listing and began selling the daylilies via mail-order. Ken Oakes permanently joined the family business when he graduated from college. He took the black and white listing and turned it into a color catalog. The rest, as they say, is history!

Our Daylilies are Guaranteed Forever!

We’ve been growing and selling daylilies for over 50 years, and our goal is for every customer to be thrilled with the daylilies we send.


Believe it or not, since 1900 there have been over 100,000 different varieties of daylilies named and introduced. We certainly haven’t grown them all, but we have grown over 4,000 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.


Bonus (That Means Free!) Daylilies in Every Order

We normally include bonus plants equal to about 20% of your order. These aren’t “leftover” plants, or “whatever we’ve got lying around”; these are the same huge and healthy plants we sell.  Choose your bonus plant at checkout.  (Bonuses not included with orders that only include engraved labels or gift certificates.)


Guaranteed Forever – For Your Confidence

Maybe you aren’t very familiar with daylilies (or our company). We want you to feel confident that you can order with complete assurance of satisfaction. You will enjoy the daylilies we send you – we guarantee it!


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