by Amanda

Besides being wonderfully fragrant, lilies create a spectacular show in any garden. We love them because they are easy to grow, great for planting between existing growth, and are absolutely stunning as cut flowers in bouquets. We want to share more information regarding the different types of lilies - there are more than you think! [caption id="attachment_3334" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Oriental Lily Coldplay"]Oriental Lily Coldplay - Fall Planted Bulb[/caption] 'Wild' Lilies or 'Species' Lilies These are the true wildflowers from the world over. They are descended from the glamorous hybrids. We're fortunate to have some of these botanical treasures on our list of lilies this season like our Martagon Wild Lily. Oriental Hybrid Lilies Oriental Hybrids are the now famous, very fragrant lilies with large, flattened flowers such as Space Star and white Coldplay. They are very popular in the floral trade, but are also very easy to grow. They bloom from mid-summer through early fall. Most have very large, outward-facing, fragrant flowers. Asiatic Hybrid Lilies Asiatic Lilies are today's largest group of garden lilies, quite easy to 'naturalize'. This growing group of lilies was begun by hybridizers in the US and were first called 'Mid-Century Hybrids.' Compared to Orientals, the Asiatic Hybrid lilies bloom earlier (early to mid summer), the plants are shorter, the flowers a bit smaller, and most blooms are upward-facing and star-shaped. Some of the most famous Asiatic Hybrids are yellow 'Connecticut King,' and the famous red 'Gran Paradiso.' [caption id="attachment_3335" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Orange Tiger Lily"]Orange Tiger Lily - Fall Planted Bulb[/caption] Tiger Lilies This group is led by the famous old orange wild lily, which used to be called Lilium tigrinum. Botanists have changed that to Lilum lancifolium, but that doesn't stop most people (including us) from using the old name 'tigrinum.' From the original orange, the hybridizers have created new colors, including white and pink. All have the large flowers, black spots, and tough perennial qualities of the original. (By the way, don't call any old spotted orange lily 'tiger lily'. This one is the real thing, and no lily common name is more mis-used.) [caption id="attachment_3342" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Oriental Lily Space Star"]Oriental Lily Space Star - Fall Planted Bulbs[/caption] Trumpet Lilies Sometimes called 'Aurelian Hybrids' or other names, the large, tall trumpet lilies are all descended from The Regal Lily, a white wild species lily from China. All are incredibly fragrant and wonderful for cutting. They grow tall and often need staking; a well-grown stalk can have over 15 huge flowers. We love lilies and hope that you have learned a little more about the multitude of beautiful varieties. We carry a wide selection of lilies that are sure to create a lovely, fragrant statement in any garden. Happy Gardening!
  1. Wild Orange Tiger Lily

    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, ...

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    Orange Tiger Lily Orange Tiger Lily Lilium lancifolium, Lilium tigrinum
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, beckoning to butterflies. Demure downward-facing petals curve back on themselves, protecting its pollen from rain. Orange Tiger Lilies efficiently spreads in the garden, creating large clusters and bountiful blooms over time. (Lilium lancifolium)
  2. Morpho Pink Asiatic Lily

    ‘Morpho Pink’ Asiatic Lily lives up to its name – one minute you see peach-pink, but when the light is just right, you’ll see periwinkle undertones to the gently ...

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    Morpho Pink Asiatic Lily Morpho Pink Asiatic Lily Lilium asiatic Morpho Pink
    As low as $50.98 Sale $38.24
    Per Bag of 12
    ‘Morpho Pink’ Asiatic Lily lives up to its name – one minute you see peach-pink, but when the light is just right, you’ll see periwinkle undertones to the gently curved petals. Freckles in a deeper burgundy liberally suffuse the center, gently fading toward the outer edges of the petals. This Canadian hybrid is a vigorous variety with early to mid-summer blooms that are a welcome start to peak gardening season. (Lilium)
  3. Forever Susan Asiatic Lily

    When you grow ‘Forever Susan’ Asiatic Lily, you are adding true decadence to your late spring garden! Orange upward-facing blooms are painted with a rich chestnut hue and...

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    Forever Susan Asiatic Lily Forever Susan Asiatic Lily Lilium asiatic Forever Susan
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    When you grow ‘Forever Susan’ Asiatic Lily, you are adding true decadence to your late spring garden! Orange upward-facing blooms are painted with a rich chestnut hue and pair well with other hot colors. Its dramatic color scheme works well in large groupings or planted among perennials to add color and contrast. With so many flowers per stem, they are sure to be noticed by visitors and pollinators alike! (Lilium)
  4. Fata Morgana Double Asiatic Lily

    The sunny yellow blossoms of ‘Fata Morgana’ Double Asiatic Lily reach towards the sky on tall, sturdy stems. This is an excellent showy flower that provides color and con...

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    Fata Morgana Double Asiatic Lily Fata Morgana Double Asiatic Lily Lilium asiatic Fata Morgana
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The sunny yellow blossoms of ‘Fata Morgana’ Double Asiatic Lily reach towards the sky on tall, sturdy stems. This is an excellent showy flower that provides color and contrast in the summer garden, and features exceptional hardiness in colder climates. With several bright blooms per stem, ‘Fata Morgana’ flowers are pollen-free and last a long time in the vase, a delight for the gardener who loves to bring blossoms indoors. (Lilium)
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