|Sun Exposure||Partial shade to partial sun|
|Soil Type||Well-drained soil; specific preferences depend upon variety|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic to neutral|
|Bloom Time||Spring to Summer (varies with type)|
|Flower Color||Red, yellow, pink, orange, white, and other colors|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6,7, 8 (some variation, depending on type)|
|Special Features||Most lilies are easy to grow and make showy cut flowers.|
The lily genus is one of the most varied in the plant kingdom, and includes such favorites as the tiger lily, Asiatic lily, Oriental lily and Giant Orienpet lily. Lilies are perennials known for their trumpet shape and narrow leaves. They are easy to grow, making them ideal for beginner gardeners. Learn more about how to grow lilies below!
Asiatic lilies boast large blooms, amazing colors and strong stems for easy, upright garden displays or indoor arrangements. While most grow 3-4' tall, dwarf varieties grow just 2' tall. Most Asiatic lilies are not fragrant. In fact, some are free of messy pollen--ideal for seasonal allergy sufferers. They grow in zones 3-8 and bloom in late spring to early summer.
A cross between Oriental and trumpet lilies, Giant Orienpets are renowned for massive blooms and intense fragrance. They bloom in early to midsummer and can grow up to 6-8' tall by their third year. They're suitable for zones 3-8.
Oriental lilies are known for their delightful fragrance and large, elegant flowers. These are the lilies that florists favor for summer bouquets and bridal centerpieces. Growing 2-4' tall, they bloom in mid to late summer. They're suitable for zones 3-8.To learn more about the different types of lilies to grow, please read our Types of Lilies blog.
To learn more about how to grow canna lilies, read our how to grow canna guide.
Most lily flowers can be grown in zones 3-8. If you need help determining your grow zone, use our zone finder.
Plant lilies with other lower-growing perennials and annuals. These companions can provide shade for the bulb and root system. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Space them about a foot apart. They will spread and fill this space in no time!
Prior to planting, prepare the soil with large amounts of organic matter such as leaf mold or compost. Plant lily bulbs with the pointy end up. Plant your lilies about 6 inches deep to keep the bulbs cool in the summer and moist in the winter. They should be spaced about 6 inches apart. After planting, water well.
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