I have ordered from Oakes in the past and I have always been pleased. This year, new home and garden, I ordered from another mail order company and from Oakes. To compare would be like comparing a 90 pound weakling to a body builder with a six-pack. The Oakes sent the most healthy looking large plants. I can't wait to see them thrive. The others, it will be years before I see anything if at all. I highly recommend Oakes.
I have waited a year to see how the plants from Oakes did. When they arrive all but one was in excellent condition. But this year they all seem to becoming excellent plants. When the time come to order more daylilies I will look no where else.
On May 3, 2013, mmercedes Houtzdale, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on January 17, 2013, updated May 3, 2013
Posted on January 15, 2013, updated January 17, 2013
LUSH Vigorous & Gorgeous plants. I ordered 13 daylilies from this company last year, Jan of 2012. I have say I was thrilled with how fresh they were upon arrival. Well-packed. I was stunned at how HUGE these plants were compared to even the best I have ever recieved by mail.
The ONLY way you can get anything better it to fresh dig a clump out of the ground yourself. GORGEOUS and true to descriptions on their website and catalog.
I live in less than an ideal cold zone 5b central/northern PA. climate and we had a wet, dreary, sloppy spring. These were planted in heavy clay soil, amended with manure and peat moss. They still put on a helluva show their very first summer! I wish I could post some pictures here.
Fabulous company. Easy to navigate and order. Shipped fresh and labeled well. Free plant included.
If only all my mail order experiences were this flawless. I will never order daylilies from anyone else and plan to order again this season and forever! Thank you to Dave's Garden for helping me find them and to Oakes Daylilies!
On January 17th, 2013, mmercedes added the following:
sentence 4: received not recievedOn May 3rd, 2013, mmercedes added the following:
Another fabulous exciting order arrived yesterday and I am as thrilled as ever and STILL surprised at the quality of the plants received from this company. Wow. Healthy plump roots. Generous size. You can't go wrong ordering from these people. They include lush, vigorous free plants that are just as large as the rest of your purchased plants. It's an addictive, happy experience buying daylilies from Oaks Daylilies. At this rate, I'll soon have a stunning daylily garden and own everything in the catalog. Highly recommend for anything they carry.
On Apr 22, 2013, taylordaylily Hamilton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I ordered 9 Daylilies this year. They came on Sat. and as always looked great. They sent 2 bonus plants with my order, one of them had 6 fans. I have ordered from Oakes for several years now. They have always sent great looking plants that are true to name and healthy. Thank You for great customer service and great Plants!
Why waste your time with anyone else? Oakes' has got to be one of my favorite businesses ever. The daylilies they send you are always huge, healthy, happy, and usually accompanied by a bonus plant or 2. They have fancy expensive daylilies and great cheap ones too! A really easy to use website that is very informative, gorgeous catalogs, great customer service, just all around a great experience and a great company! Have been ordering from them for years and I will be a customer for life!
If the Swedish Academy ever decides to award a Nobel prize for horticulture in general and hemerocallis in particular,
Oakes Daylilies will win the first time.
I ordered late in the season this year (late Nov 2012)and received two boxes full of mixed colors daylilies that looked definitely as if they had grown on steroids, they were so big.
I had to replace my eyeballs back in their sockets once I opened the packages.
Now I have finally finished sequestering them in their places, and I have already seen green appearing on the sprouting leaves. Since we only have frost perhaps four times a year in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana, I am looking forward to dozens of blooms this spring and summer. My mother, who died at 90 in December 2004, loved daylilies. Thanks to all the folks at Oakes who helped me plant a garden of daylilies
as a memorial to my mother. They will hear from me every year. Jim Martin Scott Louisiana
On Nov 14, 2012, rlhagan56 Spring Creek, NV wrote:
Posted on November 6, 2012, updated November 14, 2012
I ordered two peonies this fall from Paradise Garden, supplied by Oakes Daylilies. With every order I have made for years now, all purchased through PG and supplied by Oakes Daylilies and I always received large beautiful plants. This time one peony I ordered was a very small, very unhealthy looking Festiva Maxima root that only had two tiny, tiny bud growths for the next growing season. I was shocked and contacted Paradise Garden since this peony was not cheap, and I feel ripped off! No response. Nothing. I won't even bother to contact Oakes Daylilies since they were the ones who grew and sent this plant. I doubt this plant will survive winter let alone grow healthy and I am so angry since I believed their guarantees. I just might post my thoughts on their facebook pages. Now I have to search for another reliable company.
On November 14th, 2012, rlhagan56 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I have to commend Oakes Daylilies! 3 days after my comments a beautiful, large, replacement peony root arrived completely surprising me! I had never directly contacted them. That is excellent customer service and the kind of beautiful plants I am used to buying from them.
I do still feel negative about Paradise Garden and will not trust them with another of my orders. All of my orders will continue to be directly through Oakes Daylilies. I highly recommend them!
I used the excellent ratings on the Garden Watchdog as a guide and recently placed my first order with Oakes. I was very pleased with the size and health of my plants, and my order was shipped promptly and the plants packaged well. The only problem I had was in deciding which daylilies to order - their web site and catalog made my head spin with all the beautiful colors and varieties.
Ordered from Oakes and received my daylilies quickly. They sent tons of fans of each daylily I ordered. The fans were small but it's because their daylilies are starting to go dormant going into fall. Honestly, it's so much easier to plant small fans than large and they adapt to my climate much better. Thank you Ken!
On Aug 18, 2012, virginiarose Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I love my order, the shipping was reasonable, packing was good and plants are huge. I thought I was getting double fans but most of these are triple or better! They are HUGE, even the bonus plant, Thank you so much!!
I will order again and recommend them to everyone. Great value, give them a try!
I ordered 2 daylilies...the next week, a very large box was on my porch. The plants they sent were huge and they included a very large bonus plant. I am very happy with the order and will return for more!
I have been doing business for quite a long time with Oakes and usually have ordered a few daylilies at a time and have been very pleased. Last year I ordered there special of getting 25 plants that are not tagged, but just overstocks. They all did beautifully and were just as large in the bunch sizes as others I had gotten in the past! They also sent me a lot of extra plants!
This year, they are laden with buds and already 7 different ones have started to open and the beds are getting crowded!
Oakes Daylilies have outdone themselves year after year! I will never buy from anyone else!
On Jun 7, 2012, natalie4b Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on March 23, 2012, updated June 7, 2012
Very large divisions - at least 3 fans each - very healthy looking, and a free plant, too in the same color as the rest of my Daylilies, which is very nice and considered of them, and really appreciated.
Can hardly wait to see beautiful blooms later this year.
I don't normally spend as much on my plants, but these were highly recommended (both company and Daylilies), looked amazing in a catalog, and not something that can be easily found in local nurseries.
Just planted them, and look forward to beautiful flowers.
On June 7th, 2012, natalie4b added the following:
Just received another order from them - I am sooooo pleased and appreciative for such healthy and generously offered daylilies. Very well packed, and arrived super-fast by FedEx.
Compared to other places I have ordered from - these are a bargain considering the quality and size of divisions they send.
Will most definitely order from them again.
Thank you, Oakes!
I don't normally take the time to leave reviews but I am so happy with my Oakes order I had to share.
I ordered 14 different varieties of daylily, which I received last month. The box was packed with beautiful, healthy looking bare root clumps, as promised, and the clumps were huge! Plus, I got 3 bonus plants from my wishlist making a total of 17. There were a couple that only had 4 fans, but many had 6-9 fans. I planted them about 3 days after I received them and let mother nature take things from there, and today over half of them are producing multiple scapes. These are my first daylilies, and will certainly not be my last. Oakes will be seeing my business again soon.
On Mar 18, 2012, bluntforcemama Bothell, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
The plants are large, yes! They could probably already be divided by the time they arrive, but what wowed me was the variety of daylilies. Well over a hundred different colors and types. Dwarf, giant, spider, ruffled, watermarked, etc.... My new favorite flower might be the daylily.
On Mar 17, 2012, ericfloyd Weatherford, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on October 1, 2010, updated March 17, 2012
This was my first purchase from Oakes Daylilies based on reviews here at Dave's.
Wow! I saw all of the reviews about how big the plants are from Oakes Daylilies, but when mine arrived I was still shocked! The plants are enormous! Actually, each plant is really 4 or 5 plants! MUCH larger and healthier than other mail order daylily stores.
This gardener has just found his favorite daylily site!!
On March 17th, 2012, ericfloyd added the following:
Huge, healthy plants! Just outstanding! THE place to order daylilies! Thanks again!
I received 2 orders from Oakes. All were excellent plants. The second order included the reblooming collection. I took this collection to a second garden in Zone 8 . My primary gardening location is Zone 7. The reblooming collection did not do well in the Zone 8 location. I contacted the company with the names of the 6 daylillies I lost and was promptly sent the new plants. This group has faired better but not nearly as well as my Zone 7 plants. I was very pleased with the customer service and would not hesitate to order from them again.
On Sep 16, 2011, eden100 Edinburg, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
I AM BLOWN AWAY!! I had never ordered from Oakes before. I decided to order because they promised HUGE multi fan clumps and they have such a LARGE variety of daylilies. Other places give one fan and there's no guarantee that you'll get a single flower in the first year. I ordered nine varieties and received all nine plus an extra HUGE clump OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE THAT I HAD CHOSEN as a FREE GIFT! The order arrived PROMPTLY. I AM BLOWN AWAY TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!! The least expensive one that I ordered was $5.95 and the most expensive one was $25. For the money you CANNOT BEAT THE OAKES DAYLILIES! I couldn't be more pleased and I can't wait to see the blooms next year. Who would have thought you could get this quality through mail order. THANK YOU SO MUCH OAKES!
Posted on March 21, 2011, updated August 31, 2011
Posted on June 14, 2010, updated March 21, 2011
Normally I wouldn't even consider posting about a purchase until after I've had a chance to see how the plants perform, but I'm quite blown away by my first order from Oakes:
I ordered the "Mixed Daylilies", quantity of 25. They added 5 more of the same for the bonus plants, and yet another 3 for a total of 33 plants. The box was STUFFED with 30 pounds of daylilies (not dirt) -- Oakes appears only to have stopped when they simply couldn't safely get anymore in.
The plants were huge, and the fan count per plant was amazing. I just had to run a tally: 3 fans (count of 3), 4 (11), 5 (6), 6 (7), 7 (2), 8 (2), 10 (2). IOW: they averaged 5.3 fans/plant, and the higher counts were not limited to just the smaller width varieties. VERY GENEROUS. On top of that, all the roots were huge and already loaded with the beginnings of many new fans.
Since I want to know what colors they are before I put them in the ground, I put them into 2 gallon pots -- several of the larger width varieties were really too big even for that large a pot size -- I had to wrap the roots around to get them in. Not that I didn't divide some as well -- in the end I filled up 48 pots, all from an order of 25!
Finally, I want to mention that despite being trucked for 4 days and 2,200+ miles, the plants were in fantastic shape. The plants were still nicely hydrated, yet I couldn't find any bruising or rotting. I don't know if prepping and packing like that is an art or a science, but Oakes sure knows how to do it right!
I'll be buying more!
On March 21st, 2011, Mike_Crawford added the following:
In fact, I did place a second identical order 6 weeks later, with similar results. Alas, even the first order was too late in the season for many blooms, but those did bloom were beautiful. I set aside my plan of putting them only in pots until I'd seen their colors, with the result being that about half spent the winter in the ground, and the other half in pots covered in mulch.
Despite my uncovering their new growth just before an unexpected late winter stretch of VERY cold weather for our part of the Pacific Northwest, I DID NOT LOSE A SINGLE PLANT. They are all in the ground now, and are growing vigoriously. Bring on the blooms..... On August 31st, 2011, Mike_Crawford added the following:
WOW, WOW, & WOW!
The bloom results are nearly complete:
-- 50 plants ordered (2 orders of 25 ea) last summer
-- 84 plants planted (extra from bonus plants + splitting)
-- 0 plants have died
-- 76 have bloomed so far (1 bed has too much shade)
-- 20 (YES, 20!) separate varieties have bloomed:
18 plants of 4 gold or orange varieties
19 plants of 4 yellow varieties
7 plants of 3 red varieties
16 plants of 3 lavender or purple varieties
7 plants of 4 pink varieties
9 plants of 2 white varieties
-- 5 plants of 3 varieties are double
-- 21 plants of 7 varieties have eyezones
I've got to say that I'm VERY PLEASED. Frankly, I hoped for, but never really expected so many different varieties. And the number of blossoms, despite a record cool spring and late summer in the Pacific NW, was amazing.
Oakes' online description for this was: "...the mix is heavy on the pinks, reds, purples, and eyezones, with mostly large flowers and lesser numbers of yellows, golds, and oranges"
Given that 3 of the pink varieties are peachy pink, the mix is actually leans more towards the yellows, golds, and oranges, but that would be my ONLY complaint. And even that might not be fair -- the reds in this mix seem to be mostly late bloomers, so those that haven't bloomed yet could change the balance.
The mix contained a nice blend of short/medium/tall flower scapes, and, as described, mostly large flowers.
And there was one additional pleasant surprise -- I noticed early on that many of the "seedling" flowers sure looked identical to several popular and recognizable named varieties Oakes sells. An email to Oakes confirmed that their seedling mix does indeed sometimes contain "lost tag" plants. I won't mention which varieties I think I've identified, but if I'm right, several are quite pricey if purchased as named varieties! Fantastic.
Posted on January 26, 2011, updated August 9, 2011
After reading such good reviews of this company I decided to place an order. I had the hardest time making a choice because there was so many to choose from. I did purchase a spider(Umbrella Parade) that didn't have any customer comments. I hope it was a good choice. I Can't wait to see it bloom.
On August 9th, 2011, RUBYS added the following:
Did not have a great season. Umbrella parade,Flutterbye,Buttered Popcorn, and Miss Lucille never bloomed. I got great blooms from C. Johnson and Miss Amelia is still blooming. All plants came with 5 or more fans and I used compost in my beds so I am assuming that it was the consistently hot dry weather that resulted in such poor performance. I look forward to next year.
I recently purchased some more daylilies from Oaks..as always it was a pleasant experience and my daylilies look wonderful. I'm one of their regular clients..never have bought a daylilie from them that was not in the best of shape...and they always do great in years to come. I so highly recommend this company.
On Jul 15, 2011, worrall235 New Braintree, MA wrote:
We built our house and garden over an old sandpit in MA and have been planting Oakes daylilies for the past 4 years, mixed orders as well as individual varieties. The plants were healthy and huge (more than 3 fans) when they arrived. We tend to buy them at the end of season - overwinter in the garden - then move them to their permanent spots in the spring. Every one of the 150+ have grown and bloomed and are almost ready to be divided. They are spectacular!
On Jul 13, 2011, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on October 9, 2010, updated July 13, 2011
Posted on October 8, 2010, updated October 9, 2010
I just received two of my three orders in a timely fashion, packaged very well, these are the hugest, healthiest clumps of daylilies I have ever received from any mail order site. So far I am thrilled with Oakes, I will be planting tomorrow and will report back in the spring with growth and bloom info. If the growth and bloom are positive, I will be purchasing more next year when I start my 11th (or is i 12th?) garden which will be mostly daylilies and grasses with some ground cover. I also liked that they have no minimum order requirement.
On October 9th, 2010, plantgnome1 added the following:
I forgot to mention that they also sent two free daylilies which I was contemplating purchasing. Great surprise. Give them a try if you already haven't.On July 13th, 2011, plantgnome1 added the following:
I purchased over a dozen daylily plants from Oakes last fall and every one of them has bloomed beautifully, even the ones that don't get a full day of sun. I potted some and planted others in the ground. All except Hyperion,which did not produce any scapes, has bloomed. I just now moved Hyperion to an area receiving a little more sun. We'll see what happens. If it fails to bloom I will move it again to a container in direct sun next season. Just placed another order this past weekend.
On Jun 26, 2011, homesteadgirl middle TN, TN wrote:
I ordered 3 or 4 reblooming daylilies about a month ago. The plants were 50 times the size of any I had ordered from QVC. They are still growing, so I haven't seen the blooms yet. I will order more if these are great. I went to their festival yesterday and enjoyed it a lot.
I found Paradise Gardens on the web and read a few reviews on this site. Apparently, they are the same as Oakes Daylilies, as the exact same pictures and prices were the same. I don't know why they have to different sites.
On Jun 24, 2011, magnaastra Charleston, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
OMG, these daylillies are amazing...all I can say is WOW, talk about an over-the-top buying experience.
Like a box full of funky outer space creatures, they're bursting with huge, thick (!!!) roots, brawny, beefy things that look as if they could survive anywhere. Each clump is just MASSIVE. I feel sort of guilty, since I ordered them only to cover a truly-terrifying-to-mow hillside; these beautiful things belong in the front of my best display garden, since I'm sure those enormous roots will give rise to gorgeous flowers...how could they not???
On Jun 21, 2011, marleec Adairsville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
The order, packed well and in good condition, was received promptly 10 days later. They also included a free plant. The plants were large (four fans minimum) and healthy looking. I planted them the next morning and, to my surprise, the following day new sprouts had appeared. Now, one of the plants already has buds. I will order again and would recommend them to others.
I ordered for the first time from this company because I needed a few really nice flowers to put them near the church. And I was not disappointed with what I got. The lilies were huge, I could have divided each of them into two or three plants if I had enough room where to plant them. And they began to grow at once. I also got a bonus plant - just what I wanted to have. I can't wait to see them blooming, then I'll add another review. THANK YOU!
First time I have ever ordered from Oakes Daylilies, what a great experience. My order arrived the last week in May, just as I requested. The plants were of exceptional size and great root structure, the company was kind enough to send me some bonus plants...when I saw the color, I knew that someone had taken the time to see that they matched my current order. Exceptional job, I will be ordering again from this company.
Have for over 38 years ordered multiple varieties of multiple plants from all the top nursery suppliers ........ first order from this company -- NEVER have I received plants like these !! Absolutely perfect, healthy, robust, extra-large and immaculately packed. Plus, on an average-sized order, a bonus plant that was of pricier value, AND more importantly, was obviously selected by someone paying attention to my preferences and needs gleaned from the selections I made in the order itself. These people are northing short of amazing -- if I ever worked for a nursery, I would want it to be Oakes -- their standards are obviously in the stratosphere............
On May 27, 2011, dollartist Winter Springs, FL wrote:
Posted on May 5, 2011, updated May 27, 2011
First order from this company just arrived . A big, perfect clematis, not a leaf out of place or damaged. And a big Chicago Star daylily bonas too!!! And excellant care instruction for both plants. I'll be back.
On May 27th, 2011, dollartist added the following:
Just received my second order from Oakes Daylilies ...those are some big plants!! The roots are hugh and the bonus daylily is one that I've admired for awhile, so I am very happy. The only complaint is that I'm becoming addicted to these daylilies!!
Oakes sells some big, healthy daylilies! Wow. I couldn't be happier with the quality of their plants - their roots were huge, and the smallest clump I got was about the size of a softball. 3-5 fans each, at a minimum, and actually a couple of the individual clumps turned out to be two separate daylilies, each a nice big, healthy plant by itself! One other thing worth noting - I got several orders as wedding gifts, and each had a bonus, gift daylily from Oakes. Don't know if that's a special case, or SOP for them, but much appreciated either way.
One minor quibble. When I got the first box I emailed them through their website, to clear up some confusion on my end (while the three orders were separate, I thought the boxes were coming together, but one arrived ahead of the others). Oakes never got back to me - I'm guessing because the other two boxes were on their way, but I expected some sort of acknowledgment of my email at least.
Anyway, like I said, minor quibble. I'll definitely be back next year. Hard to argue with plants this great.
I've ordered daylilies from Oakes (and paradise garden) more than once. They are alwasy top quality plants that start to thrive shortly after planting. I've been growing daylilies for many years and I think Oakes is my favorite supplier. Other companies that I've bought from, sometimes for less money, just do not stack up when it comes to the quality of the plants.