Lilies are probably some of the most popular flowers utilized by gardeners and florists! Lilies are an incredibly versatile and easy-to-grow bulb, providing color and impact indoors and out.
Lilies, or plants of the genus Lilium, can also be one of the most confusing to identify. It’s not your fault – many plants include ‘lily’ in their common name, but aren’t actually true lilies. For example, Hostas are sometimes called plantain lily, Hemerocallis are called Daylily, Kniphofia are commonly called torch lily, and there are many more! Many plants, including Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) or Checkered Lily (Fritillaria) can at least claim to be of the Lily family (Liliaceae) but not of the genus Lilium. Plus, the genus Lilium includes nine divisions. Yikes – it’s enough to make even the studious gardener's head swirl!
Fortunately, we can leave the botany to the experts and use Lilium to plant a garden filled with flowers that will bloom in succession from late spring through to fall. When planted in rich, well-drained soil that benefits from shaded roots and sunny heads, Lilies will punctuate your garden with color and ask for very little in return.