It pays to start with just a few, see how they perform in your particular conditions, soil and climate, and then add more of the ones that are stellar. The stellarest here are the Lilium hybrids made up of the Asiatic/Longiflorum varieties. The colors of Lilium ‘Royal Sunset’ are a jolt of happiness in the Fairegarden, in the lawn/meadow in the first image and along the Azalea Walk. Since certain cultivars can be difficult to locate, the tightwad gardener in me fiddled around with the little bulblets that appear around the mother bulb in late winter to see if free lilies could be obtained. These have been spread around over the last couple of years and are now blooming size, offering a grand show. The post with detailed instructions about this trick can be seen by clicking here.
Ten bulbs were planted, one per hole about eighteen inches apart along the Daylily Hill path edge several years ago. They have increased to at least ten times that number, never failing to bloom, usually the first week in June.
These LA hybrid lilies, sometimes sold as scented Asiatics help bridge the blooming gap from spring into the daylily season of early summer. There is some overlap as the earliest daylilies have already begun to open. A mass of this type of lily provides a wafting perfume, most noticeable when stepping outside from the addition, which is just a few tiptoes away from the daylily hill extravaganza.
A bag of mixed colors LA Hybrid lilies was ordered last fall and planted in the blueberry box, twenty five bulbs in all, on sale late in the season. A bag was given to each gardening offspring, as well. Ribbons of the appropriate color are being tied to the stems as they open to help with placement in the fall in the best locations. Also, several more varieties were ordered last winter, planted this spring, one of each, to experiment with color, height and bloom time. For there can never be enough lilies in a garden.