As of Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Improve the colors of your landscaping, as well as exotic fragrances, by adding lilies to your summer flower gardens.
Bulbs planted in spring will flower in summer, repeating this blooming cycle year after year. They are easy to grow and require minimal care. They work in natural settings and also take readily to containers. They also make wonderful cut flowers in a range of white, orange, pink, gold and red.
Lilies need six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day; otherwise, stems will lean toward the sun or get spindly and fall over. Most varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils. Enrich the soil with leaf mold or well-rotted organic matter to encourage good drainage. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches. Deep planting encourages the developing stem to send out roots to help stabilize the plant. Also, deep planting keeps lily bulbs cool when temperatures soar.
What to consider? Check with your nursery experts for their recommendations. Here also are some to consider:
Asiatic lilies have upward facing blooms, and they come in bright colors.
LA Hybrids are trumpet-shaped and come in a variety of colors such as cream, pink, yellow, orange and red.
Martagon lilies have recurved petals and resemble an upside-down candelabra. These thrive best in shaded areas.
Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.