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. White Oriental Lily Bulbs Casa Blanca, Lilium, Oriental Lily, Close Up

    Casa Blanca' Oriental Lily is a magnificent, pure white flower that lights up the garden with up to eight enormous flowers per stem. An intensely fragrant variety, 'Casa Blanca' is a...

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    Casa Blanca Oriental Lily Casa Blanca Oriental Lily Lilium orientalis Casa Blanca
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Casa Blanca' Oriental Lily is a magnificent, pure white flower that lights up the garden with up to eight enormous flowers per stem. An intensely fragrant variety, 'Casa Blanca' is a classic favorite for flower arrangements and moon gardens. In terms of white lilies, this one has remained unmatched for decades in the eyes of many plant lovers. (Lilium)
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  2. Orange Tiger Lily Bulbs Orange, Lilium, Tiger Lily

    With fiery orange petals dotted with burgundy-black, the Orange Tiger Lily has been a garden staple throughout the country for many years. It's extremely easy to grow, adding drama a...

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    Orange Tiger Lily Bulbs Orange Tiger Lily Lilium lancifolium Orange
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    With fiery orange petals dotted with burgundy-black, the Orange Tiger Lily has been a garden staple throughout the country for many years. It's extremely easy to grow, adding drama and fragrance to beds and bouquets with its vibrant, 3" blooms. A great choice for moist and poor soils. (Lilium)
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  3. Yellow Wild Lily Bulbs Golden Rayed Lily of Japan, Lilium, Wild Lily

    The Wild Golden Rayed Lily of Japan is a showy plant with highly fragrant blooms that attract butterflies to the summer garden. Enormous, white and gold flowers are up to10 inches ac...

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    Wild Golden Rayed Lily of Japan Bulbs Wild Golden Rayed Lily of Japan Lilium auratum Wild Golden Rayed
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    The Wild Golden Rayed Lily of Japan is a showy plant with highly fragrant blooms that attract butterflies to the summer garden. Enormous, white and gold flowers are up to10 inches across with elegantly curled tips and a heavenly scent. Each petal bears a golden center stripe. Blooms in mid to late summer and tolerates part shade, especially in hotter climates. (Lilium)
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  4. Red Dwarf Asiatic Lily Bulbs Matrix, Lilium, Dwarf Asiatic Lily

    'Matrix' Asiatic Lily is a vibrant dwarf variety that grows to 16-20” and is a perfect addition to small spaces, containers, and the front border of beds. Stunning magenta-coral bl...

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    Matrix® Asiatic Lily Bulbs Matrix® Dwarf Asiatic Lily Lilium asiaticum Matrix®
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Matrix' Asiatic Lily is a vibrant dwarf variety that grows to 16-20” and is a perfect addition to small spaces, containers, and the front border of beds. Stunning magenta-coral blooms open to reveal orange centers, bringing oodles of color and personality to the garden. Blooming in early summer, 'Matrix' is extremely easy to grow and makes an excellent cutting flower. (Lilium)
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