Help a newbie out and share what your favorite lilies are and why. There is no minimum or maximum number you need to come up with, but let's try to come up with some lists (photos are good, too!).
I am new to growing lilies, but I have admired Lilium regale in many gardens so far. It is what inspired me to start searching for lilies bulbs this fall and sparked the resulting lily obsession I am now experiencing.
I planted Conca D'Or orientpet lilies in 2009, in semi shade under a huge oak tree in a hosta bed. They bloomed that year with 6 inch flowers, and were around 3 1/2 feet tall. This year they were 7 feet tall with 9 inch blooms and wonderful fragrance. They bloomed for nearly a month--what's not to love? I second Casa Blanca, it's another lovely variety. A friend has a huge clump of Triumphator, 7 feet tall and around 7-8 feet in diameter. It's in full sun right next to her pond, and a real show stopper. I just added Triumphator this year, and look forward to seeing it grow. I was also quite pleased with several varieties from the "Tiny" series of small asiatics planted last year. They bloomed profusely this year, and were slightly taller than expected at around 20-22 inches.
Wow, dhaven, those Triumphators sound enormous! They way you describe it, it sounds more like a shrub than a lily.
Casa Blanca and Conca d'Or seem to make almost everyone's list of excellence, and both have been elevated to the NALS Lily Hall of Fame due to their endurance and garden worthiness (Casa Blanca in 1994 and Conca d'Or in 2011).
The friend with the 7 foot Triumphator is also in Iowa. That clump looks more like a sculpture than a shrub--it's completely vertical, with no bushiness at all, just straight up to the blooms. It's located right next to a small pond, and surrounded by black lava rock, very striking.The Triumphator clump is in full sun, while my 7 foot Conca D'Or are in dappled shade all day, with no direct sun at all. So apparently soil preparation, drainage, and general husbandry (watering, weeding) are more important than light levels. Neither of these varieties are the ones called lily trees, but given good conditions, they will reach 6-7 feet. I've seen both Triumphator and Conca D'Or listed from a variety of sources, including wholesalers, and the height is given as 3-4 feet. For the average gardener, who will plant the bulbs with no special preparation and then completely ignore them, that may well be an accurate height.
Triumphator doesn't hit 5' for me but it's mainly due to the fact that the sun doesn't get to the lily field until around noon here in June and July. They did expand beyond all expectations and the fragrance is lovely. No staking needed!
Boy pirl, you sure got that right! They multiply like bunnies! They should come with a warning. Lilies, in general don't do well here, but Triumphator has broken all the rules for me. Mine hit 7' last year, and all my neighbors commented on how pretty they are. They are already up about 8" this year, while no signs of any of the others.
pirl, your picture is just gorgeous. I already have Conca d' Or which was planted last spring, and Crystal Blanca that was planted in the fall. Now, I'm going to have to add Triumphator to my wish list for spring.
I just planted Bonbini last fall along with the others ordered from Faraway Flowers. I hope all the new ones start forming clumps like yours. The taller ones I have like Conc d'Or and Ice Caves seem to just send up one huge tree (stem is at least 1" thick) with no babies around.
Ice Caves I got from The Lily Garden:
Tetra! ‘Ice Caves’ () has fragrant, snowy white flowers, with a semi-recurving “sunburst” form that emphasizes icy green throats. This tetraploid strain has long-lasting flowers with tremendous substance!
4 to 5 feet (and eventually taller), early to mid July.
It bloomed last year but I am hoping it will be even bigger this year. I will have to see which ones I have and whether they are oriental or asiatic.
Here are the stems on Conca d'Or. I love them so much that I ordered more for another garden. They were huge and this was only their second year. I moved them so they'd show off even more than they did.
Is your Conc d'Or just one bulb or did it send up multiples after a couple of years? Mine consistently sends up one huge 'trunk'. It was commented that this type of lily doesn't 'bush out' as others do
Mary - for me the Orienpets multiply well, sometimes too much making it difficult to find new places for all of them. I've had Asiatic lilies that didn't multiply at all but I generally don't lift them to check what's below the soil line.
'Centerfold' multiplied in number and girth. The mother bulbs resemble heads of cauliflower. I had to use a machete to hack down the canes this winter. But...'Casa Blanca' is so majestic. 'Landini' is the darkest red I have seen. It is not purple nor is it black, but it is beautiful.
Huh... I may plant some lilies among my ligularia. I have them on both the east and west fence. Be interesting to see where they do better. The east fence doesn't get sun til around 8-10 depending on time of year, and the west fence (facing east) gets sun from first light til it goes behind the house about noon or so, then out again for some late afternoon sun. Interesting experiment. I heard that down south ligularia is considered a shade plant but obviously not if they grow with your lilies.
Nine feet!!! Well, I will continue to hope. I think I need to work more on what I feed them, building up the soild and all. Seem like a lot of plants and flowers in such small areas. Seems like they would just suck the life out of the soil.
Invest in a compost maker and a tiller. I go through bales of peatmoss. I should have bought stock in Lowes! Our dirt is clay, well it used to be. Now it is humus rich well draining mother earth. Every season topdress compost. Around here we also use crushed cocoa shells as mulch. The smell is fantastic! Hershy Park has its perks beyond the rollercoasters!
I buy bags and bags of soil from Lowe's -- so you will have to share the stock! LOL. I get compost locally and put it plus bagged manure in three new beds. Need to top dress in the fall in the established garden beds I guess. Fall, yes??
Our town composts the leaf collection in the fall. We also compost household organic matter and use it when we plant.
The town composted leaf stuff is free to residents but we pay 50 dollars for delivery of about 5 yards.
I do the same thing Jo, no town compost, usually my own leaves and veggie garden matter. I save household scraps from cooking all but the months of Jan., Feb, and March...can't get to the bins most years.
Pixie - we save it in the plastic coffee containers and put them in the garage, emptying them in the compost during the mild days of winter. When we have too much snow cover we just save it in the garage and it decomposes fairly fast. We have the free town "mulch" here but don't use it. Unless it's tested I don't want the risk of battery acid and other items that are not conducive to good gardening or healthy vegetables.
I absolutely LOVE Big Brother. The photo doesn't do it justice, but in person it gives a real WOW factor! THe blossoms are a good 12 " and a heavenly fragrance. It is a real attention getter. It's on O/T.
And who couldn't love this little drama queen, Pink Cream, from no other than Buggycrazy? I hope I always have this one in my garden. She is just so photogenic and I wait impatiently each year for her to return.
She describes it as a late blooming Asiatic - early August, as the name indicates. There is a notation that it is rarely seen for sale anymore. I always grab those if I love them. And only $5.00!
I was getting very pastel so I started adding reds like Red Alert, Hiawatha, and when I saw August Ruby I thought it quite perfect. I see lilies on her site that are very different from those seen elsewhere. Her GW reviews are excellent! I think it's a lovely thing.
I just found out about a year ago. Isn't she fabulous? She maintains a low profile, and you don't know because she does not tell the world. And she is such a pleasure to do business with! And she has varieties that I have never see. And "new" does not mean $25.00!
She's in my top three - Faraway Flowers, B&D and The Lily Garden.
Has anyone grown Bonbini? I attended out annual Botanical Garden workshop and one of the vendors who sells lily bulbs was saying that it probably wouldn't come back up here and if it did it wouldn't bloom. Said only LA's were dependible. Which I know isn't true as I have all kinds of asiatics, orientals, trumpets, orienpets, etc. Hm. Maybe orienpets ARE LA's. I get confused (easily).
I found it. One of her remarks reminded me that she might have better luck with lilies than I do. Fairbanks gets way warmer in the summer than we do. Both extremes -- colder in winter and hotter in summer and much dryer. I didn't realize that she had to dig up some of her lilies. I think all of mine survive just fine, but we never see -25 and lower like she did. Surely do wish she was still with us. I would have driven out to North Pole to visit her when in Fairbanks visiting my MIL.
I love Garden Party (oriental) and Golden Stargazer.
One I've always wanted that isn't available wholesale or retail any longer is the oriental lily Journey's End. I saw a photo of it in a catalog years ago (I was a teenager and I'm 44 now) and wasn't into gardening then. Now, I would love to have even one bulb of that one:)