- Botanical Name
- Lilium species
- Zones 4 to 10
- 4 to 8 feet
- Summer: white, pink, scarlet, orange, yellow, rose
- Full sun
- Planting & Care
- Plant lily bulbs in fall
- Plant bulbs at a depth two to three times their length and space at least three times their width apart
- Use a minimum planting depth for those planted in clay soil, the deeper the bulb is planted, the greater the risk of bulb rot
- Add organic matter to heavy clay soil to improve drainage
- Purchase and plant precooled bulbs in the spring as soon as the soil is workable
- Lilies are also sold as plants during the growing season and can be planted whenever available
- Mulch the soil to keep lily roots cool and moist
- Avoid overwatering, especially in clay soil, this can lead to root rot
- Apply a winter mulch after the ground freezes for added insulation and for help in getting the bulbs through challenging winters
- Asiatic lilies tend to be hardier than Oriental types
- Flowers of Asiatic lilies are usually unscented and may face up, out or down
- Many florists are forcing Asiatic hybrids for Easter bloom
- Animals, rot in poorly drained soils, hardiness, fasciation, aphids & virus
- Bright Star - creamy white with apricot throat, 3-4'
- First Love - pink petals with apricot throat, 4-5'
- Pink Perfection - dark rose pink, 5-6'
- Elodie - pink double flowers, 42"
- Easy Samba - tangerine orange flowers with deep purple centers and no pollen
- Royal Sunset - upward facing blooms in shades of purples, yellows and pinks; colors change change from warmer or cooler depending on the light
- Mapira - deep maroon flowers
- Lollypop - two toned petals of white and pink
- Forever Susan - deep burgundy flowers rimmed in bright gold and orange
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