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. Beverley’s Dream Oriental Lily

    Beverley’s Dream Oriental Lily has spectacular blooms that are layered with rich color beginning yellow and green at the center and surrounded by intense red stars outlined in pure...

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    Beverley’s Dream Oriental Lily Beverley’s Dream Oriental Lily Lilium hybrid
    $17.98 Sale $11.69
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    Beverley’s Dream Oriental Lily has spectacular blooms that are layered with rich color beginning yellow and green at the center and surrounded by intense red stars outlined in pure white. The immense blooms are richly fragrant and adored by butterflies. Deep green foliage adds bold texture to the garden. Makes a stunning, long-lasting cut flower. (Lilium hybrid O.T.)
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  2. Sugar Love Lily, Lilium asiaticum

    Sugar Love Lily produces lovely bicolor blooms with bright white centers shifting to vibrant pink toward the tip of each petal. Handsome deep green, whorled foliage and compact growt...

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    Sugar Love Lily Sugar Love Lily Lilium asiaticum
    $12.98 Sale $8.44
    Per Bag of 3
    Sugar Love Lily produces lovely bicolor blooms with bright white centers shifting to vibrant pink toward the tip of each petal. Handsome deep green, whorled foliage and compact growth make an ideal container specimen. Enjoy butterflies, and other pollinators visiting the showy summer blooms. A delightful cut flower. (Lilium asiaticum)
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  3. Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer, Lilium

    'Stargazer' Oriental Lily is famous for its vibrant pink spotted flowers that bloom upwards, facing the cosmos. At 6-8” wide, its fragrant flowers are easy to grow on strong stalks...

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    Stargazer Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer Oriental Lily Lilium orientalis Stargazer
    As low as $14.98 Sale $9.74
    Per Bag of 3
    'Stargazer' Oriental Lily is famous for its vibrant pink spotted flowers that bloom upwards, facing the cosmos. At 6-8” wide, its fragrant flowers are easy to grow on strong stalks that don't need staking. One of the most beloved lilies, summer-blooming 'Stargazer' adds loads of color to garden beds and borders and is popular in floral arrangements. (Lilium)
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  4. Asiatic Lily Bulbs Mix, Lilium

    Plant the Asiatic Lily Bulbs Mix for a gorgeous rainbow of colorful blooms in early summer. Asiatic Lilies are extremely easy to grow and beloved in bouquets. A great choice for smal...

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    Asiatic Lily Mix Asiatic Lily Bulbs Mix Lilium asiaticum Mix
    $12.98 Sale $8.44
    Per Bag of 3
    Plant the Asiatic Lily Bulbs Mix for a gorgeous rainbow of colorful blooms in early summer. Asiatic Lilies are extremely easy to grow and beloved in bouquets. A great choice for small, narrow spaces, these lilies take up very little room at ground level. Perfect for tucking in between perennials that are still filling out, use them to add extra color wherever it's needed. (Lilium)
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