Located at the base of the Flume, the Daylily Garden is in its glory from mid-June through late-August. Heritage has a Daylily (Hemerocallis) collection of approximately 800 cultivars and most are located in this garden. A few are scattered throughout the rest of Heritage Museums & Gardens. The collection mostly dates from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The colors range from near-white to yellows and to orange, pink, purple to near-red. Each year a few new cultivars are added to the collection.
The north side of the Daylily Garden is lined with English Holly planted during the initial planting when Heritage was being developed as a public garden in 1968-1969. These hollies hide the concrete foundation remains of the greenhouse Charles Owen Dexter used to start the many seedlings of his various rhododendron breeding programs.
There are several significant trees in this garden including a beautiful Stewartia pseudocamellia near the Flume Pool and a very large Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum. Both trees appear to date from the time of Charles Dexter (1921-1943). Also of significance are a large Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var atropurpureum).