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Lily


Lilium selections

Lily

Wearing some of the brightest petals in the flower kingdom and some of the most potent perfumes, lilies spill out their charms from early summer to early fall. To stage a lily show all summer, grow some of each type, including Asiatic, the enticingly fragrant Oriental and longiflora hybrids, and some of the species lilies in special situations such as under trees or in rock gardens.

Lilies will naturalize and spread freely in light, fertile soils. They require good drainage to flourish. On the East Coast, bright red lily beetles are becoming a problem. Treat the soil around the plants to control larvae, or pick the adult beetles off blooms to prevent damaged petals.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
4-8
Plant Type:
Bulb
Plant Height:
2-6 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 6 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Lilium 'Catherine Laburi' is an Asiatic type with soft peach trumpet flowers that flaunt deeper salmon-color throats. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium 'Centerfold' sports unique maroon crosshatching in its white flower centers. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium 'Connecticut King' features orange-yellow flowers that open in bunches in midsummer above lush foliage. It grows 3 feet high. Zones 3-8
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Lilium 'Dani Arifin' is a dramatic hybrid between an easy-growing Asiatic lily and an Easter lily. It offers large antique-rose flowers in early summer and grows 32 inches tall. Zones 4-8
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Lilium 'Enchantment' bears brilliant orange trumpets speckled in red. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium 'King Pete' blooms in midsummer with cream-color flowers that are speckled in orange. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium pumilum is a wild lily that bears clusters of cardinal-red capped flowers splotched with yellow that dangle from tall stems in late spring. It grows 22 inches tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium speciosum has pink to red flowers that dangle from the stems. It grows 66 inches tall. Zones 4-8
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Lilium speciosum var. album shows off pure-white flowers with strongly reflexed petals. It grows 66 inches tall. Zones 4-8
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Lilium martagon is a wild-type lily that bears clusters of pink or red-purple flowers with strongly reflexed petals. It does best in moist, well-drained soil and appreciates part shade in hot-summer climates. It grows 6 feet tall. Zones 3-7
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Lilium 'Montreaux' sports coral-pink blooms that open in midsummer on plants that grow 4 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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Lilium 'Muscadet' has strongly fragrant white flowers speckled and blushed with pink. It blooms in August and grows 5 feet tall. Zones 5-8
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Lilium 'Nove Cento' bears bright yellow flowers lightly spotted in brown. It grows 32 inches tall. Zones 3-9
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Lilium 'Purple Rain' shows off white flowers that have a rich burgundy-purple brush mark at the base of each petal. It grows 32 inches tall. Zones 3-9
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Lilium 'Satin Slippers' rewards gardeners in early summer with a show of soft-pink blooms with recurved petals. It grows 32 inches tall. Zones 3-9
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Lilium 'Star Gazer' is one of the world's most popular lily varieties. It bedazzles gardeners with bunches of perfumed, speckled magenta trumpets edged in white. This classic hybrid lily blooms in late summer. It grows to 3 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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Lilium x lancifolium is a good choice for Northern gardens. The melon-color flowers, speckled in deep red, open on black stems in late August to early September. It grows 6 feet tall. Zones 3-9
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Lilium 'Vivaldi' presents wonderful soft-rose blooms that blend well with a wide range of colors. It grows 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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