Plant Family Guides: Lilium - Lilies

 

Most Fragrant Lilies

When it comes to fragrance, Lilies have few rivals. Their exquisite and lovely perfume combined with the dazzling beauty of their flowers are enough to transport you to tropical climes or lift your spirit when passing by.

Oriental Lilies

Known as the most flamboyant personalities within the world of lilies, they are characterized by their immense flowers, intense fragrance and rich colors. Exotic-looking, these Oriental hybrids are derived from species native to Japan. Blooming over a long period of time, from mid to late summer and even into fall for some varieties, their flowers are usually large and open, outward facing or pendant with striking patterns of spots. Most Oriental Lilies are in shades of white, pink and red, some with pretty yellow bands on their petals. Not as easy to grow as the Asiatic Lilies or Trumpet Lilies, they are still worth a try, just for the pleasure of possessing a magnificent plant in your own garden! Oriental Lilies prefer humus rich soil that is acidic. Give them plenty of water and mulch for a cool root run.

Lilium tigrinum (Tiger Lilies)

Light up your garden! Tiger Lilies command our attention with their bright and showy, orange-colored flowers covered with black or deep crimson spots

Martagon Lilies

Among the earliest to bloom, these lilies are quite decorative with their pendant flowers sporting backward-curling petals, resembling Turk's caps and presenting shades of pink, lavender, orange, red, yellow and white often with speckles and freckles. Their leaves grow in whorls around the stem and are not alternatively scattered as with Asiatic or Oriental Lilies. While they may take a year to adjust to a new garden, they will thrive for years, once established. They enjoy full sun or part shade, slightly alkaline soils and don't seem to be bothered by pests. They usually do not like hot, humid climates. Planted in spring, they are great companions for ferns and hostas.

Great Companion Plants for Asiatic Hybrid Lilies

Highly popular, Asiatic hybrid Lilies are among the earliest to bloom in early-mid summer, and the easiest to grow.

Great Companion Plants for Trumpet Hybrid Lilies

Trumpet Lilies make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

Great Companion Plants for Orienpet Hybrid Lilies

Adored by gardeners, Orienpet Lilies are outstanding garden plants. Blooming towards the end of the lily season, Orienpet Lilies are perfect additions to the late summer garden.

Great Companion Plants for Oriental Hybrid Lilies

Known as the most flamboyant personalities within the world of lilies, Oriental Lilies make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden

Great Companion Plants for Martagon Lilies

Amazingly decorative and easy to grow, Martagon Lilies make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden

Plant Combination Ideas with Lilies

Surrounding your Lilies with a succession of flowers will reinforce the beauty of their spectacular blooms and extend the flowering season of your mixed border.

Lilies: Planting Depth and Distance

These hearty bulbs are easy to grow and require minimal care, provided that you plant them in the right place at proper depth and distance.

Orienpet Lilies

Adored by gardeners, Orienpet Lilies are outstanding garden plants. They are a real breakthrough in the history of Lily breeding. OT Hybrid Lilies or Orienpet Lilies are the result of crossing Oriental Lilies with Trumpet/Aurelian Lilies. They combine the incredible beauty of the Oriental Lilies with the robustness, heat tolerance and colors of the Trumpet & Aurelian Hybrids. They provide the best of both worlds.

Lilies for Long Summer Blooms

If you are a lily fan and want to enjoy their beauty and fragrance from early summer right through fall, you will have to select lilies from different divisions. There are hundreds of Lily Species and thousands of hybrids. With this choice, how does one pick?

Great Companion Plants for Lilies

Since Lilies 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.

Asiatic Lilies

Highly popular, Asiatic hybrid Lilies are among the earliest to bloom in early-mid summer, and the easiest to grow. They offer a wide array of colors, from the softest pastels to fiery reds and oranges that practically ignite when the sun shines on them. They feature straight stems, high bud counts and generally brightly spotted blossoms and vary in shape from simple open bowls to flowers with exquisitely recurved petals. Asiatic Lilies enjoy a long blooming season (up to 1 month) but most of them are unscented. Planted in spring or fall, they thrive in full sun to part shade locations and do great as potted plants or as cut flowers. They are not fussy about soils, provided they are fertile and well-drained. Good moisture is required and dry soils should be avoided.

Trumpet Lilies

Blooming in mid summer, Trumpet Lilies enjoy a heavy, sweet fragrance and huge waxy trumpet flowers. 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.

Most Fragrant Species Lilies

Species Lilies are wild lilies, native to North America, Europe, and especially Asia. Delicate and full of charm, they make good garden plants and usually enjoy a subtle fragrance

Most Fragrant Trumpet Lilies

Blooming in midsummer, Trumpet Lilies enjoy a heavy, sweet fragrance, and their huge waxy trumpet flowers, up to 6-10 in. long (15-25 cm), may be pendant, widely flaring in a shallow bowl shape or be upward facing.

Most Fragrant Oriental Lilies

Known as the most flamboyant personalities within the world of lilies, Oriental Hybrid Lilies are characterized by their immense flowers, intense fragrance and rich colors.

Most Fragrant LA Hybrids and Orienpet Lilies

Interdivisional Hybrid Lilies are the result of crossing between the various Hybrid Divisions. Many exude a delightful fragrance that will stop you when you pass by!

Species and Wild Lilies

Species Lilies are wild lilies, native to North America, Europe, and especially Asia. Delicate and full of charm, there are about 80 to 100 accredited Species.

Learn How To Plant And Care for Your Lilies

Extremely showy and exotic-looking, lilies add drama to the landscape with their rich, bright colors, elegant and delicate shapes and their heavenly scent! Learn how to care for them...

Best Lilies For Pots and Containers

Growing Lilies in pots is easy and the good news is that there is a wide range of Lilies that can grace your patio with stunning colors and fragrance. However, choosing the right varieties may be daunting!

How to Choose Lilies

Extremely showy and exotic-looking, lilies add drama to the landscape with their rich, bright colors, elegant and delicate shapes and their heavenly scent! There are hundreds of Lily Species and thousands of hybrids. Which ones to pick?