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Lilies

Lilies
Lilies

About Lilies

Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies come in a plethora of colours and types, from exotic-looking stargazer lilies with painted petals speckled in both light and dark dots, to elegant white lilies that sparkle with pure white petals and red stamens. All lilies share a basic, elegant look that comprises large, brilliantly coloured triangular petals that open wide and curl back to reveal delicate stamen in the center of the bloom. Not only are the colours delightful, but the fragrance produced by these flowers can be downright intoxicating.

When do I plant lily flowers?

With so many varieties of lily bulbs to choose from, your yard could be a colourful display of beautiful blooming flowers throughout the summer months. Planting lilies in succession with other plants will give your garden splashes of colour all summer long with minimal maintenance--regardless of whether you choose Asiatic lilies that are fragrance free and bloom in midsummer, or very fragrant Oriental lilies that bloom in mid to late summer.

What do you do after Lilies finish flowering?

Once lilies have finished flowering, they should be removed as soon as they fade. Blooms left in place will produce seed, which diverts energy from flower production and plant growth. The flowers can be cut or pinched off. Alternatively, you can cut the stalks when the blooms first open and use them in floral arrangements.

Tips & Growing Instructions

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Fall is a great time for planting lilies. Lily "bulbs" are actually tubers composed of fleshy scales and lack a protective covering. Unlike true bulb flowers, they never go completely dormant and should be handled carefully since they loose moisture very quickly. Essentially, you can plant your new lilies anytime before the ground freezes. The most natural location for lilies is on sloping ground with excellent drainage. It's a good idea to place them with other low plants which can provide shade for the bulb and root system. Prepare the soil with large amounts of organic matter such as leaf mold or compost. Plant with the roots downward and the scales upward. After planting, water well two or three times before freezing. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Space them about a foot apart - they will spread and fill this space in no time!



Versatile Asiatic Lilies are great for beds and borders, planted among shrubs, along walls, or in containers. They are incredibly easy to grow and few garden pests trouble them. For best results, plant your lilies where they will have good drainage and mix some leaf mold or compost into the soil. Lilies prefer to have their blooms in the sun and their roots in the shade. Try planting them among annuals or perennials that will keep their roots cool. Always allow the leaves on the stalk to turn yellow and fall off as part of the lily's natural growth process. This ensures that the bulbous underground part of the plant has gotten enough nourishment and will mean greater growth next year. Each year watch their beauty increase as they multiply!

There are literally thousands of lily varieties and hybrids on the market today. Some of our most popular varieties include Tiger Lilies, Oriental Lilies, and Trumpet Lilies.

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