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At Stargazer Perennials we are known for our premium, large lily bulbs available in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Lily bulbs ship best in the spring when they are just starting to break dormancy, and are easy to plant into your garden with a very high success rate. Our lily bulbs will bloom for you the same summer that they are planted.
Hardy Lilies add Fragrance and Color to any Garden:
The hardy lily is an often under-utilized summer flowering bulb in perennial gardens and container gardens. Lilies are tough, hardy perennial plants that once established in your garden will continue to perform for you year after year with little care. Plant lilies, like other summer flowering bulbs including dahlias, garden peonies in the spring. Lilies planted in early spring will produce showy blooms that same summer.
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Plant all of the hardy lilies, including Asiatic and Oriental hybrid in the fall or in the spring, but the best assortment of varieties is usually available to the gardener in spring. Most bulbs are easy to plant and care for, and by planting a wide variety, you can augment your existing perennial and shrub plantings, or kick-start a new landscape.
Try plating lilies in odd number groups of 3, 5 or 7 bulbs for maximum color impact. Another way to extend your bloom time is to plant a group of Asiatic lilies with a group of Oriental lilies. Asiatic Lilies and Oriental Lilies bloom at different times, therefore extending your bloom period.
Lily (Lilium species), the genus Lilium are herbaceous flowering plants normally grown from bulbs, comprising a genus of about 110 species in the lily family, Liliaceae. Lilies are important as large, showy cold hardy perennial flowering garden plants, make great cut flowers, and provide gorgeous color shows during most of the summer season. Most lily species are reliably hardy as low as Zone 3. There are about 80 species and several hundred cultivars available ranging in height from 2 to 8 feet. They are available in white, yellow, red, pink, orange, maroon, and bicolor.
Lilies need well-drained soil in an area that receives sun or part shade. The ideal situation will place the lily flowers and leaves in sun while shading their roots. Handle the bulbs carefully because the scales can be easily broken off. Space them 6 to 10 inches apart. Dig a planting hole 4 to 6 inches deep. This allows them to form roots along their stems. Fertilize lilies lightly monthly with 4-8-4 Down to Earth organic fertilizer starting when the shoots begin to emerge. Stake tall lilies and provide protection from high winds. Mulch well to keep lily roots cool. Remove blooms when they die to prevent seedpod formation. Cut stems off at ground level after they turn brown, but never cut them down while the leaves are still green.
Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) have classic white trumpet-shaped flowers and a heavenly scent. They will thrive in hot coastal climates. They grow from 1½ to 3 feet tall. Keep Easter lilies apart from other lily plantings, as they are notorious virus-carriers.
Asiatic lilies have straight stems and many brightly colored blossoms ranging from the softest pastels to fiery reds and oranges. Asiatic lilies grow 2 to 3 feet tall and bloom over a long season. Most Asiatic lilies are unscented. Asiatic lilies require winter chilling to continue to thrive. Available in a wide variety of colors and combinations, some of the more popular Asiatic varieties are Landini, Centerfold and Lollypop lily.
Oriental lilies including the Stargazer lily have large, ornate flowers, usually in white, pink, rose, or red with intense fragrance. Cultivars vary from 18 inches to 6 feet tall. They are the most popular cut flowers and garden perennials, and include showy varieties like Stargazer Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, and Tom Pouce Lily.
Tiger Lilies (Lilium lancifolium) grow happily in Zones 3-9 in colors of spotted white, yellow, orange, and red. They should be kept apart from other lilies since they can be carriers of viruses.
Lilies come in a wide range of colors, sizes and bloom styles. Add several different varieties to your garden this year. Shop for lily bulbs online.