Trumpet Lilies make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden. Since they appreciate some shade around their roots while keeping their foliage and ravishing blossoms in the air and sunshine, they welcome the company of neighboring plants such as annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses or shrubs. However, a few rules need to be respected to ensure your Lilies will thrive.
Blooming in midsummer, Trumpet Lilies enjoy a heavy, sweet fragrance, and their huge waxy trumpet flowers may be pendant, widely flaring in a shallow bowl shape or be upward facing. Adding distinction and elegance to the garden, their colors vary from pure glistening white to bright gold, yellow, pink, plum, apricot, with some having dramatic maroon petals on the outside of the trumpet.
Trumpet Lilies gradually blend into Aurelians as the season progresses. Aurelian hybrids are derived from a combination of Trumpet Lilies and Lilium Henryi (Henry's Lily), a tightly recurved lily, which accounts for the flaring of the petals, the wide bowls, sunbursts, and stars of these Aurelian Lilies. These late bloomers enjoy a long flowering season thanks to the occasional presence of secondary or tertiary buds and add color to the perennial border, at a time when it is lacking.
Planted in spring or fall, they thrive in full sun to part shade locations and are not fussy about soils, provided they are fertile and well-drained. Good moisture is required and dry soils should be avoided.
If you are looking for a list of favorite Trumpet Lilies, you may want to click here.