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All about Lilies

Posted by m1ssf1t | Added on : March 09, 2010 08:19am | Last edited: June 14, 2010 04:57am | Viewed 2674 times | 0 Comments | This article is also in blooms and blooms


There are many types of lilies to choose from. There are so many that listing each variety would be difficult. However, there is a broader way to define types of lilies and that is through categories.


Asiatic Hybrids

These are among the earliest to bloom, and also the easiest of lilies to grow! You can plant these lilies almost anywhere especially in brightest sunshine with lots of gay garden plants for company. They have the broadest color range of any category, including whites, pinks, plums, yellows, oranges, and reds. Their flowers can be up facing, outfacing, or pendant, and generally are not scented.

Technically speaking, these lilies are hybrids derived from such species as L. tigrinum, L. cernuum, L. davidii, L. maximowiczii, L.x macultum, L. x hollandicum, L amabile, L. pumilum, L. concolor, and L. bulbiferum.

Martagon Hybrids

These are tall lilies with many little down-facing flowers and whorled leaves. Martagons appreciate some shade, and are quite decorative in the woodland garden. Though it might take them a year to adjust to a new garden, once established, the martagons will thrive for years. Yellow,  white, pink, lavender, light orange, deep dark red are the colors most often seen, often with whimsical freckles and spots.

These lilies include hybrids derived from such species as L Martagon, L hansonii, L medeoloides, and L tsingtauense.

American Hybrids

There are many native lilies in North America and the western species have been used to create some very beautiful and graceful lilies. The bulbs are unique and made up of little jointed scales, and the blooms like bouncy bright balloons on swinging curved pedicels. These lilies can be challenging outside of the western United States and Canada, but their unique beauty certainly makes them worth trying. With growing conditions that suit them, which include a cool light soil and dappled shade, they can rapidly make impressive clumps.

These include hybrids derived from North American species, such as L pardalinum, L humboldtii, L kelloggii, and L parryii.

Trumpet Hybrids

A trumpet lily is like no other plant in the garden. Tall, stately, serene and magnificent with huge waxy flowers full of fragrance. And colors are not only pure glistening white, but bright gold, yellow, chartreuse, pink, plum, and apricot are available some with backs of brown or purple or iridescent green.

Trumpets bloom in mid to late season, and their huge flower heads may require staking. They may also require mulch in cold winter areas, and some protection from late spring frosts but these little services are amply repaid by the long season of spectacular, fragrant bloom.

These lilies include hybrids derived from L luecanthum, L regale, L sargentiae, L sulphureum, and L henryi.

Oriental Hybrids

Lilies of this exotic group are not among the easiest to grow, particularly in hot summer areas. Often called “Stargazers “, these lilies have huge flowers with wonderful fragrance in shades of white, pink, salmon, and crimson. Give them partial shade, plenty of water, humus rich soil that is slightly acid, and mulch for a cool root run.

These lilies include hybrids derived from L auratum, L speciosum, L nobilissimum, L rubellum, L alexandrae, and L japonicum.




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