When can I plant Hemerocallis in Zone 8b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 8b should be reffered to in order to figure out when to plant hemerocallis.


Planting Calendar for Hemerocallis

Frost tolerance for hemerocallis: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since hemerocallis are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant hemerocallis
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant hemerocallis
Probably not a good time to plant hemerocallis

The earliest that you can plant hemerocallis in Zone 8b is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant hemerocallis and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your hemerocallis may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your hemerocallis indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8b may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8b we get surprised by a frost after March 15 be ready to protect your hemerocallis if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low15°F
Highest Expected Low20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 8b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 8b.