Lily

(Lilium)

gby1008_3f

Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily

Related To:

Plant type: Perennial
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 10, depending on species or cultivar

A bulb that becomes a stately plant and produces showy flowers. The familiar Asiatic lily has large, dinner-plate-sized flowers. Comes in a variety of flower colors and types. Bloom colors include white, yellow, pink, orange and red. Speckled and fragrant forms available. Sturdy plants with narrow, green leaves in whorls around stems. Plant size ranges one to six feet tall and about one to two feet wide.

How to use it: Plant in mass or as a specimen. Use in the middle to the back of a mixed perennial border or containers. Cutflower.

Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and a well-drained soil. This plant does not tolerate wet sites. Bulbs can be planted in spring or fall. Plant bulbs about six to eight inches below the soil surface; because some species may need to be shallowly planted, read the package label for recommended planting depth. After purchasing bulbs, plant as soon as possible. May require staking. Primarily propagated through division in the fall. Divide when plants have reduced flowering. Deadhead spent blooms. No serious problems with pests or diseases.

Special notes: May be poisonous to pets. Some species attract wildlife, including hummingbirds.

Selected Cultivars and Species

  • 'Stargazer'. Oriental lily that has crimson red to hot pink flowers with white trim in late summer. Reaches three to five feet tall.
  • Madonna lily (L. candidum). Has fragrant yellow-white flowers. Reaches three to five feet tall. Zones 4 to 9.
  • Easter lily (L. longiflorum). White trumpet-shaped flowers. These plants are forced to bloom in the greenhouse and are commonly sold at Easter. Wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting outdoors. Zones (7)8 to 10.
  • Turk's cap lily (L. martagon). Has delicate flowers with the petals curled backward, forming a turban. Turk's cap lilies can tolerate shade better than other lilies. Use in a woodland garden. Zones 3 to 9.

gby1008_3a

Next Up

Learn How to Plant and Grow Spider Lily

These old-fashioned favorites bring gorgeous blooms when other flowers have faded, popping up like magic in late summer.

How to Plant and Enjoy Baby's Breath

Learn to grow, tend and design with graceful Gypsophila in your garden and home

Planting and Growing Garden Phlox

Learn how to plant, grow and care for this perennial charmer in your garden.

How to Plant and Grow Balloon Flower

The easy-to-grow, old-fashioned balloon flower brings showy blooms to the late summer garden.

Are Mums Perennials?

Learn which mums you can count on to color your landscape for years to come.

Common Coreopsis: How to Grow and Care for Coreopsis

This deer-resistant, long-blooming perennial flower — also known as tickseed — attracts butterflies, bees and birds.

Mexican Petunias: Plant With Caution

Whether you call them hardy petunias, perennial petunias or Mexican bluebells, this pretty petunia has a wild side.

All About Japanese Pieris

Japanese pieris is a shade-loving evergreen that blooms in early spring with dainty flowers that resemble lily of the valley.

Perennial Geranium Care: Your Guide to Growing Hardy Geraniums

Learn why perennial geraniums should be your new favorite plant. These hardy geraniums bring the color to low-maintenance plants.

How to Grow Lily of the Valley

Dress up your yard’s shady spots with the fragrant blooms of lily of the valley flowers — an old-fashioned favorite.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Mexico Life

7am | 6c

Mexico Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Mexico Life

8am | 7c

Mexico Life

8:30am | 7:30c

Mexico Life

9am | 8c

Mexico Life

9:30am | 8:30c

Mexico Life

10am | 9c

Mexico Life

10:30am | 9:30c

Mexico Life

11am | 10c

Mexico Life

11:30am | 10:30c

Beachfront Bargain Hunt

12:30pm | 11:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

House Hunters International

8pm | 7c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.