Green Goddess Calla Lily Flowers for Shade Gardens

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Green Goddess Calla Lily make great flowers for shade gardens. Get tips on planting and growing green goddess calla lily flowers in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Calla Lilies are a great addition to your shade garden, but remember when you're planting Calla Lilies, at least in the North West, there's only two varieties that do well in the shade. That's the large, Traditional White Calla Lily and the Green Goddess Calla Lily. All of the short colored Calla Lilies need full hot sun and good drainage. They do no like the shade, will not bloom well in the shade but if you've got a shade garden the Green Goddess and the White Calla Lilies are a must. My favorite Calla Lily out of all the Calla Lilies is the Green Goddess. It's just a gnarly looking bulb. It doesn't look very fancy; it looks kind of like a piece of dirt but when I plant it you'll see a bulls-eye or leaves, you can see where the leaves where from last year and you see all these little eyes on the sides, those will all grow. So, you plant it in shade, but it will do a lot of sun as well, about three inches deep and that should be enough. You can plant it a little deeper but I found that it takes a while to get warm enough to do much. So, you don't necessarily have to plant it that deep and it will do really well. The Green Goddess will grow right in a bog of water, right in your pond, but make sure it doesn't freeze solid in the winter time; you might lose it if it's right in the water and the water freezes solid. In the ground, I've never lost them but if they are in a pot, bring the pot inside in the garage or at least against the eaves so it's dry for the winter. And, the best part of the Green Goddess is that it blooms sporadically year round. I have had blooms at Thanksgiving, I've had blooms at Easter, I've had blooms in the middle of Winter. Some years it never dies back. And the foliage is a little bit softer green, like a lime green, so it's very spectacular in your garden. And it stays about two or three feet tall, but I've seen a fifteen-year-old plant as tall as my Suburban, it got about 8 feet tall, but, it had been watered really well and had been there for years and years. So, it's just a spectacular shade plant, if you don't have any other plants in your shade garden, get a Green Goddess. She is the goddess of all plants. Next, we'll talk about the Traditional White Calla Lilies.