Daylily Companion Plants – Learn What To Plant With Daylily

Daylily Companion Plants – Learn What To Plant With Daylily

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:

  • Echinacea
  • Lavender
  • Shasta daisy
  • Bergamot
  • Phlox
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Baby’s breath
  • Yarrow

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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How To Use Companion Planting To Grow Your Best Garden Ever!

Companion planting is one of easiest and most natural ways to set your vegetable garden up for success.

There are many things that go into a successful garden, like good soil, proper sunlight, and timely watering. But one that is often overlooked is practicing the simple basics of companion planting.

The Good Of Companion Planting

What you place where in the garden can have a huge impact on another plant’s health and yields. When vegetable plants are grown near plants they are compatible with, good things occur.

Some plants benefit from the nutrients provided to the soil from their companion partner plants. Others benefit because their companion plants help deter and drive away pests.

In addition, companion plants can also provide support or shade for a fellow variety grown in close proximity. Take for instance, growing lettuce mix underneath tomato plants in mid-summer.

Tomato plants provide shade for lettuce under their canopy of foliage. Meanwhile, the lettuce acts as a living mulch for the tomato plants, eliminating weeds and conserving soil moisture. This companion planting technique is excellent for raised beds and potted tomatoes.

The tomato plants helps in providing shade for the lettuce during the heat of summer. Meanwhile, the lettuce crop acts as a living mulch. Not only conserving moisture in the soil for the tomato plants, but helping keep weeds out too.

The Non-Compatible Side Of Companion Planting

Unfortunately, certain plants can also have a negative effect on others when planted nearby. And it can certainly spell big trouble for their well-being and productivity.

What kind of trouble? Well, for starters, some can stunt the root and foliage growth of other vegetable plants when growing nearby.

Other plants, meanwhile, can attract unwanted pests to a nearby plant that can severely limit harvests.

Good Companion Planting Basics

So where you do you start when it comes to companion planting basics? It all starts with taking stock of everything you will be growing.

Next, you need to arm yourself with a bit of planting knowledge of what plants do best near others, and which don’t. (We have included some great basic companion partner info in the next section)

From there, you can create a garden plan utilizing simple companion planting basics. Basics that can set the stage for healthier plants, better growth, and bigger harvests!

And those basics go far beyond just planting fellow vegetable plants. Many herbs and flowers can and should be grown in the garden as well for their positive benefits to nearby vegetable plants.

Marigolds are one of the best companion plants of all in the vegetable garden. They repel a wide range of garden pests, and can be easily sown and grown among the rows of your garden for simple, care-free protection.

As it turns out, not only are many annuals and herbs beautiful and fragrant, they also are great for repelling common garden pests!

In fact, in our Companion Planting Experiment a few years back in our OWG test garden, it was amazing at just how effective annual flowers can be in keeping a garden safe from pests.

With all of that in mind, here is a look at some of the best relationships between common vegetable plants in the garden.

The Snowdrop Anenome (Anemone sylvestris) is a charming European woodland perennial with low green foliage and simple white flowers. This enthusiastic plant is drought-resistant and does not require the extensive watering that can harm tulip bulbs. Its foliage is also similar in colour to tulip leaves, and can somewhat camouflage the dying tulip foliage after the tulip bloom.

Examples of Companion Gardens

Below are some of our favorite vegetable gardens which make use of companion gardening practices. All are by Almanac readers who used the Almanac Garden Planner!

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1. Companion Gardening (Kitchen Garden)

Garden Location: Connecticut
Garden Size: 7’ 11” x 3’ 11”
Garden Type: Vegetables and Edible Flowers

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

2. Companion Gardening (Kitchen Garden)

Southwestern cuisine themed garden inspired by the three sisters companion planting method.

Garden Location: Southwest
Garden Size: 7’ 11” x 3’ 11”
Garden Type: Vegetables and Edible Flowers

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

3. Companion Gardening (Raised Beds)

Garden Location: Boulder, CO .
Garden Size: 16’ 9” x 32’ 9”
Garden Type: Raised Beds
Sunny or Shady: Sunny
Soil: Good Soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

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Campanula Flowers

First though, Shasta Daisies Need

  • Shasta daisies need full sun
  • Flowers from late spring and can continue until early fall
  • Flower colors come in white petals and yellow center
  • Prefers well draining nutrient rich soil
  • Grows 2 to 4 feet tall and 2+feet wide


The concept of companion planting goes back hundreds of years. Indigenous Peoples planted corn, beans, and squash together, a symbiotic combination known as the Three Sisters.

Corn provides a natural trellis for climbing beans, while bean vines anchor the corn stalks, making them less prone to being blown over. Beans attract beneficial insects while boosting nitrogen levels in the soil, helping corn and squash to grow. The large leaves of squash suppress weeds and provide shade to cool the soil, slowing water evaporation. Tiny spines along the stems and leaves of squash deter predators and insect pests.

At the end of the growing season, the spent plants are worked back into the soil to provide nutrients for the following year.

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