Lilies - Garden Basics - Flower - Bulb
The Lily (Lillium) is a hearty bulb that can be planted in fall or spring. In the whole lily spectrum, there is something for everyone, from easy-to-grow, long-lived garden plants to the more difficult and rare species. Their summer blooms are the highlight of the garden, and they are long-lasting as cut flowers. Most lilies bloom between June and August, and the large, trumpet shaped flowers feature a variety of colors and designs. They do well in a bed or border with other perennials, or they can stand alone. Shorter varieties can be planted in containers (see Forcing Bulbs.)
- Although fall planting is more common, they can also be planted in the spring.
- The bulbs never go dormant, so plant them as soon as possible.
- Plant in a well drained, sunny location.
- Dig a hole 6 inches deep.
- Sprinkle a complete bulb fertilizer in the bottom of the hole. They will need to be fertilized again in the spring.
- Untangle the roots and place the bulb in the hole with the roots spread out.
- Fill the hole with soil and pack down to eliminate air pockets.
- Plant bulbs at least 8" apart, or as specified for the variety.
- Water well, and continue to keep the bulb watered until the ground freezes. This will ensure good root growth.
- Mulch well in areas that receive frost.
echo the vertical lines of lilies. Add shorter perennials in front of lilies and delphiniums to round out the picture. Garden phlox stands 3 to 4 feet tall and comes in white, red, pink, lavender and purple. Try planting "bright eyes" phlox with "stargazer" lilies. Baby's breath
is a nice cover for the bare lower portion of lilies. Some lilies will grow much higher than the baby's breath, while others will be seen through a mist of tiny white flowers.