Adding Flower Liliies To Your Home & Garden

Lillies can be placed in various areas around your home and garden to add color and beauty to the area.

The genus Lilium is he principal member of the great Lily family, technically known as Liliaceae, a family that includes such well known and useful garden plants as Asparagus, Allium, (Onions) Hemerocallis, Tulips and Yucca.

Lillies are confined to the northern hemisphere and are common wild flowers through the United States and Canada as far north as Alberta. They are also found in Asia and throughout Europe. On the whole, however, Lilies may be considered as natives of the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

Lillies fall into two distinct groups. One group thrives in a soil rich in lime. Another group prefers an acid, or at least a neutral soil. Lilies that prefer acid can live in a calcareous soil but live longer is the soil is acid. Practically all American Lilies belong to the second group.

In years past there were only a small number of lilies planted in gardens but today they have become one of the less demanding and more easily grown of garden flowers. It is important to pick a group that will grow in the soil that is required.

Most of the lilies prefer lots of sunshine if the roots can be in the shade. These may be planted according to their height or just plant various heights in one grouping. The colors of yellow, orange-yellow, orange-red, and vermilion flowering lilies are striking and will emphasize your area. You can plant lilies in a border as in planting the Madonna Lily, the de Graaff Tigrinum or the Midcentury hybrids. These have yellow and orange colors that are very attractive. You might want to plant them near a plant with green or silver-grey foliage to provide contrast. The Golden Chalice hybrids are wonderful dwarf plants and if you desire taller plants you might want to plant one or another of Midcentury hybrids. In a large garden where shrubs are used as borders you might want to mix in some dwarf lilies.

Farrers Lily (L. Duchartrei var, favveri) a woodland plant, is one of the loveliest of the hardy white Lilies. This lily is best planted in full sunlight on the north side of a border of shrubs to have morning and evening sun.

L. Hansoni, L. Henryi and L. Monadelphum require no special soil, but will fade when planted in full sunlight. L. Hansoni and monadelphum are two of the earliest Lilies to start into growth in the spring. You will need to plant these where they will not be exposed to cold winds.

Lilies have a long blooming season with many varieties of color and form thus they make beautiful garden ornamentations. Among the willmottiae hybrids the color range is almost as great as the Martagon and their hybrids and hansoni. Besides the normal, drooping turks-cap shapes, there are the outward-facing forms and the upright candelabra types. The colors of white, cream and shades of pink are including in this group. The White Trumpet Lilies and auratum, are the showiest and most fragrant of all white flowers for the garden.

The Golden Chalice hybrids are wonderful dwarf plants and if you desire taller plants you might want to plant one or another of Midcentury hybrids. In a large garden where shrubs are used as borders you might want to mix in some dwarf lilies.

White Turk's caps will make a lovey background planting. Consider planting the white Turk's caps L. Martagn var.Album and L. Taliense shine as these lilies look like pearls. You might place these in an area of the garden that you have dark flowers blooming. There are many of the light colored Martagon hybrids available as the Painted Lady hybrids, Terrace City hybrids and the Paisley hybrids. The Aruncus syvester makes a beautiful background the dark-red and brown Martagons. You might even want to plant these by a garden path. Lilies and rhododendrons will grow well together and the flowers will blend and be very attractive. Extra moisture will be required when planting the American wild lilies such as L. Canadense, L. Superbum and L. Pardalinum. The white, trumpet-flowering L. Formosanum is a lily that reaches a height of eighty inches. This is very showy when planted with a dark rhododendron.

The giant Himalayan lily cardiocrinum giganteum needs a moist soil, thick ground cover and enough shade to give enough humidity. These lilies are spectacular as they can grow very tall. These will really bring out the beauty in your garden of flowers.

For lilies to plant on slopes on porous soils or gravelly, sandy soil with humus cover you might want to plant the L. Auratum and L. Speciosum. L. Regale, L. Henryi, L. Wallichianum, or L. Philippinense will grow on steep and often rocky ground.

The new Auratum hybrids will make a beautiful exotic display but are expensive but well worth the expense. Even you can only afford to put single bulbs in various areas of the flower garden you will be glad when you see the beautiful effects. There are taller growing Aurelian hybrids and trumpet lilies that will provide a beautiful contrast if the white trumpets are underplanted with red-flowing Pelargonium or salvias.

You might want to have some pots among your garden beds around the decorated gardens or the house interiors. There are so many beautiful pots that you can move from one area to another. So many colorful scented lilies are available that are excellent for pot planting. You will need to find varieties that will not grow too tall, flower freely, and bloom very quickly after planting. A suggestion would be he Jan de Graaff Rainbow, Midcentury and Golden Chalice hybrids. The gold-yellow Harmon, orange-red Enchantment, lemon-yellow Destiny and dark-red Paprika are other recommended varieties. These lilies have large, saucer-shaped flowers and will be a focal point anywhere in the home or garden. The Easter Lily is exceptional for a pot plant with long, greenish white trumpets against their glossy, dark-green leaves.

Rock-gardens are being placed in gardens more often and are so very popular. You might want to plant lilies to display your rock garden and add beautiful color. The orange and yellow-flowering saucer-shaped L. Dauricum is a good example. L. Bulbiferum, a mountain lily displays orange-red color during the month of Jule. L. Concolor is a star-saucered lily with colors of yellow or red.

There are so many beautiful varieties of lilies, the wonderful hybrids or even the wild flower lilies can be placed around your home to provide beautiful flower displays. Think about planting more lilies for the next growing season and you will be glad you did when the compliments flow.

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