If you love weddings, picnics, little cherub dealt with children and older couples holding hands, possibility are you love lilies. They are at once stylish, romantic and classic, yet likewise can be fun and spicy in the garden in addition to the vase. They are a photographers dream, a flower designers best option, and a loving partners sweet present. They can fragrance a space, or stop you in your tracks with the appeal of just one, ideal flower. Ok, so after that build up, you probably believe they must be impossible to grow, right? Nope! You can learn how to grow lilies! Lilies belong in every garden for their color and form, height and texture. So here it is, our guide on how to grow lilies! Oh, and that fragrance!

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There are basically two of the most common types of lilies grown in the garden– Oriental and Asiatic lilies. There are others, but for novices, these are the two to start with when discovering how to grow lilies, and the most accessible at regional nurseries.


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Oriental lilies are the ones you frequently see at the floral designer … the stunning white ‘Casablanca’, the pretty deep pink “Stargazer’ therefore many more. They are likewise the ones with the heavy fragrance in the air! They typically flower in mid summer season, and can get up to 6 feet high in bloom. They are not as sturdy as their Asiatic cousins, and tend to choose afternoon shade.


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y contrast, Asiatic lilies tend to be tough, sturdy plants you seldom require to mulch in the winter season. Blooming in late spring, they grow 3-5 feet tall and are typically found on the warmer end of the color wheel, with yellows and orange being the most typical, though there are exceptions. I grow a pink one in my garden called “Strawberry Shortcake”. They are not the aromatic ones, but offset it with length of blossom and tolerance of conditions. Asiatics lilies manage summer season heat well.

How to Grow Lilies.


Both types have a few things in common:.

Lilies are bulbs, similar to tulips. Plant not long after you get them as they dry quickly.
Different ranges flower at different times … prepare for a succession of blossoms. Many lilies bloom for about 2-3 weeks each season.
You can plant in fall or in spring as quickly as the ground can be worked, but you will get a better and earlier blossom from planting in the fall.
Plant bulbs 4-6 inches deep, more important for the Oriental hybrids as they prefer cooler roots.
Make certain you plant in well drained soil. Lilies may get infected if the soil is soaked.
Consider planting shallow rooted low growing annuals or perennials around the lilies to cover the base of the stalks throughout the growing season. I like Geranium ‘Roxanne’ with Asian lilies. This also keeps the roots cooler, which they like.
Water moderately until blooming, then cut down on water up until the plant finishes blooming and yellows.
Cut down invested flowers to the stalk.
When the plant is yellow all the way to the ground, you can cut it back. Do not cut the greenery down before it has actually entirely yellowed. Like other bulbs, the greenery is how the plant shops energy for next years blossom.
Fertilize twice a season with a general liquid fertilizer … they are not heavy feeders.
You can plant lilies in containers. Make sure you match the size and depth of the container in scale to the height of the plant at maturity. There are many dwarf varieties readily available as well!


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Here are a couple of our favorite lily varieties for newbies to try, though there are hundreds of varieties at specialized nurseries. (Yes, this can end up being an obsession! But would that be so bad?) These varieties are from ‘Wayside Gardens’, one of our preferred online nurseries. (We received absolutely nothing in exchange for this suggestion, prior to someone asks!:-RRB-.


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‘ Casablanca’.

” Casablanca’ is the essential lily … large, white blossoms with a strong fragrance, approximately 10 inches across. They grow to 5 feet, and like their roots cool, but their tops in the sun. May require support, blooms in July/ August.

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‘ Dizzy’.

Another large, 10 inch blossom on this flower, ‘Dizzy’ is a pink striped companion to ‘Casablanca’. Blooming at the same time, this lily likewise has an intense scent and grows and much better each year. To 5 feet.

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‘ Roselily Natalia’.

‘ Natalia’ is a notable brand-new variety for a number of reasons. Initially, is the apparent double petals! However beyond it’s appeal, it also is pollen totally free, which makes it a great cut flower for those who experience allergies. These blooms also last as much as 20 days in the vase! Slight fragrance, with needs normal of an Oriental. May require staking, it can eventually get to 8 feet!

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‘ Salmon Star’.

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I personally like this lily due to the fact that it blooms mid summertime, it’s smaller than others at 30-36 inches, and it has a mild coloring for Asiatic lilies … Such a quite peachy coral!

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‘ Red Twin’.

This lily has a more common Asiatic color of a deep reddish orange. It has an interesting flower shape, with a smaller flower inside the larger one! A showstopper in the garden, it flowers starting in late spring, and grow to 40 inches.

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‘ Fata Morgana’.

This smaller choice grows to just 2-3 feet, succeeds in containers, and flowers early summertime. The yellow flowers are borne in upright facing clusters, and they make a long-term cut flower.

So learn how to grow lilies and see them return every year with more blossoms for your garden and your home! We think you will likewise enjoy our posts on How to Grow Daylilies and How to Grow Alliums!


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