Hardy & Gorgeous
Over 100 varieties and
Lilium, or "bulb lilies" (as contrasted with "daylilies") are an incredibly hardy species of plant that
thrive in a variety of soil types and growing conditions, and bring spectacular bursts of color to the
summer garden. Lily sizes range from tiny Asiatic "Pixies" at 12 inches to massive "Orienpet"
hybrid varieties as large as seven feet. They come in a wide range of colors (all shades of white,
yellow, orange, pink, and red) and a stunning assortment of bloom variegation and foliage style.
Some varieties are bred for fragrance.
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Every bulb will push one stem. Bloom buds appear at the top of each
stem, often more than a dozen buds per stem depending on variety.
Instead of each bloom lasting one day, each bloom can last up to a week
or more. In this way, each stem can provide weeks of colour.
There are about fifteen different types, all with special strengths and weaknesses. LA Hybrids
prefer full sun, have incredibly stout wind-resistant stalks, and incredibly bright, sharp colours.
Orientals have wonderful fragrance and prefer dappled shade. Asiatics are strong growers and
multiply more quickly than Orientals. Hybrids of these and other types may borrow characteristics
from each parent and be ideal for someone else's flowerbed, but not for yours. Come in and tell us
what kind of bed you are planting, and we'll point you in the right direction. We carry twelve
different types, and over one hundred varieties.
They can be so subtle as to be hidden treasures (pastel or deep burgundy
blooms in a shade garden), or so brash as to overwhelm the eye with
explosions of color (ultra-bright yellows and reds in contrasting but
complementary mass plantings).
Just a few examples of the thousands of named varieties can be found below. All pictures on our
site were taken at Riverbend Gardens. A word of warning regarding downloads -- these pictures
have been reduced from their original size, but are still pretty big. If you are using a dialup service
instead of high speed, downloading may take some time.