30 Types of Lilies to Grow (With Images) & How To Care for Them

What image would you come up with if someone asked you to picture a lily in your mind? Is it more likely that you imagine a huge, pure white trumpet-shaped bloom with big anthers loaded with rust-coloured pollen? The Madonna Lily (L. candidum), after all, is just the beginning of the lily Iceberg. We have a fascinating world of lilies to show you!

There’s a lily out there for every gardener, from the delicate purple pendent flowers of L. martagon to the massive orange trumpets of ‘Enchantment,’ which grow to be up to 9 feet tall! What is the most appealing aspect about lilies? They are simple to cultivate, which is great news for novices. Even inexperienced gardeners may create gorgeous displays in little containers within a few weeks.

Later in this post, we’ll show you how! If you’re interested in learning more about Lillies, keep reading to learn about the nine ‘divisions’ of this beautiful and varied genus.

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The history of Lillies

This is a flower that has been used in rituals and celebrations for centuries. In ancient Egypt, lilies symbolized death and rebirth because the flowers quickly wilt after opening their blossoms. Lilies were also associated with virginity due to some of their characteristics – such as their trumpet shape which could resemble a vaginal area.

Lilies have thrived in North America, Europe, and Asia for a long time, and as civilizations emerged, people began to notice these lovely blooms and cultivate them. Plant collectors carried back new and unusual lily species from America, Asia, and Japan as Europeans began to explore distant continents.

Wild lilies were readily available as bulbs, making global transportation quick and easy. Unlike orchids, which are gathered from the wild, lily bulbs are more likely to arrive intact.

In the 1920s, the number of lily types available began to rise dramatically. Jan de Graaff was a dedicated lily breeder in Oregon who developed an outstanding breeding program. The Oregon Bulb Farms of Jan de Graaff were responsible for the creation of a wide range of popular hybrids. Many of those lilies are still in existence today.

The popularity of the lily has grown ever since florists realized that these new hybrids would make excellent cut flowers, and it is still popular today.

oriental and trumpet lilies

Different Lillie types with images

There are so many distinct types of lilies that it might be tough for the novice grower. Would you want lilies that bloom early? Would you be interested in lilies with a lot of flowers? Do you have any questions regarding the different types of lilies? Take a look at our brief information to discover what each kind of Lily has to offer.

Our journey through each lily division will showcase some of the most well-known pure white lilies, but we’ll also see many beautiful colours of yellow, orange, pink, purple, and red.

Division 9 (also known as Wild Lilies)

Let us begin our tour with the last division of Lilies: the Wild Lilies. Let’s see why:

The following are the most significant species, in our view. After all, without these wild species, none of the beautiful hybrids we have today would be feasible. The wild lilies are frequently overshadowed by their flashier hybrid offspring, but many of these species are just as beautiful and often even more distinctive.

Before we get into the showier hybrids, learn about these wild lilies so you can see where different hybrid characteristics originated.

Knowing the parent plants and their characteristics may also aid in determining a hybrid’s requirements for care. Who knows, you might fall in love with one or more of these magnificent creatures and decide to grow them in your garden!

Let’s get started, without further ado, by introducing you to a few of our favourite wild lilies.

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Wild Lilies To Grow In Your Garden

1. Lilium Martagon 'Martagon Lily'

L. martagon is a beloved plant among gardeners since it may ‘go native’ and thrive for several years (if not decades) if planted in its natural environment. It’s also one of the few lily kinds that truly appreciate light shade, and it has passed this useful characteristic to many of its hybrid descendants.

The original L. martagon is a soft purple to pink colour, but it also has an albino white form. The hanging blooms curve back on themselves and touch the flower’s base in a Turk’s Cap formation, bending right back toward the ground.

Freckles are frequently (but not always) seen on the flowers, and the leaves are sparse. The beautiful blooms more than makeup for it.

The lime tolerance of L. martagon is not particular; it will grow in a variety of soils and won’t be distressed if there’s a hint of lime in your region. We propose L. martagon for use in a more naturalistic planting design because she blends right into a cottage garden planting plan.

Lilium Martagon

2. Lilium Canadense 'Canada Lily'

The red lily, or Canadian lily, is a perennial plant native to North America. It’s also known as the “Canada Lily” or the “Meadow Lily.” Since it has been grown for over 400 years, L. canadense is a genuine old-timer!

L. canadense has a unique stoloniferous bulb form, which is uncommon among lilies. This implies that instead of developing from the top of the bulb, shoots develop from the base for a few inches. At the end of these growths, new bulbs develop before progressing to the surface.

L. canadense is petite and graceful in comparison to its huge trumpet relatives. The hanging yellow blooms have carefully pointed tips that sweep out and upward, as well as lightly freckled centres.

The combined effect of a group of these gorgeous Lilies is positively uplifting! However, it is not a suitable option for lily novices. It’s difficult to get them to accomplish anything.

  • 4-6ft in Height
  • June and July Bloom
  • Prefers full sun
  • Grows in zones 3-9
  • Doesn’t smell
Lilium Canadense

3. Lilium Pardilinum 'Leopard Lily'

The Leopard Lily (Colubrina) is a North American plant that may be found along the Pacific coast (from California to Oregon). The dangling blooms appear to be little lanterns dangling from the tall stalks.

The petals are a bright orange-red hue that fades to golden yellow flowers at the centre. This charming lily’s common name comes from the fact that it features numerous black spots on the yellow sections.

L. pardalinum is one of the few lilies that can survive in part shade, as it is a woodland species. If left to grow on their own for a few years, the flower spikes may reach up to 6 feet tall and create natural clusters.

  • 5.6-6ft (2m)
  • May through August blooms in the middle of summer.
  • Partial sunlight is a big hit with this flower.
  • Planting guide for zones 5-9
  • Sometimes fragrant
'Leopard Lily'

4. Lilium Lancifolium 'Tiger Lily'

The beautiful Tiger Lily was originally from Asia, but it has now spread across most of the United States, particularly around New England. It’s a highly prolific lily family! The petals, which are a brilliant peachy orange, curl backwards to touch the base of the stalk and have very dark markings. The dark stems make a stunning contrast with the vivid orange flowers.

You can easily propagate or expand your collection of Tiger Lilies if you want more. The axis between the main stem and each leaf produces tiny bulbils (small bulbs). Remove them as soon as they are easy to remove, then plant them in individual pots.

The Tiger Lily is highly resistant to infection by viral diseases. As a result, they are an insecure species to grow near other lilies, so be sure you give them some space.

  • 2-5m 3-8ft
  • Blooms in the middle to late summer.
  • Partial shade to full sun.
  • Grows in zones 3-9
  • No strong smell
Lilium Lancifolium

5. Lilium Candidum 'Madonna Lily'

The classic white Madonna’ Lily has perhaps the longest history of all lily species. People have been growing her innocent, white blooms since before Christian times – for show and for food!

Find your Madonna Lily a bright position with her feet planted in well-drained earth, and she won’t require much attention from you. The soil PH of this lily isn’t important to them, so adding some lime to the soil won’t harm them.

The flowers are large and white, with sturdy crisp petals that occasionally brighten to pale green in the middle. The anthers are a brilliant sunny yellow colour.

Madonna lilies require a few more inches of soil than most varieties. To guarantee the best blooms, remember to plant your Madonna lily bulbs a bit shallower than you would with other types. Also, keep them away from other lilies since they can easily pick up illnesses from infected plants.

  • 4-5ft in height
  • It blooms in the early summer.
  • Partial shade to full sun with partial shade.
  • Grows in zones 6-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium Candidum

6. Lilium Speciosum 'Oriental Lily'

The Japanese L. speciosum is a species that originates from Japan. It’s one of the few late-flowering plants if you want lilies to bloom for an extended length of time since it’s one of the few late-flowering species. Blooms begin to appear in early autumn, on average.

The tiny stems are topped with pendent flowers that are either white or pink and spaced far apart along the stems. Each flower is distinguished by raised “papillae” bumps and darker pink markings.

If you have alkaline soil, L. speciosum dislikes lime, so you’ll need to plant these lilies in pots with ericaceous compost if your soil is acidic.

  • Height 4-5 feet
  • It blooms in the autumn.
  • Partial shade to full sunshine.
  • Grows in zones 5-7
  • Fragrant
Lilium Speciosum

7. Lilium Auratum 'Golden-Rayed Lily'

The flowers of this wild Japanese lily are breathtaking, often growing 10-12 inches in diameter. The scent is also unique, so you’ll want to put them near the house so you can enjoy them up close and personal on a daily basis.

The delicate white petals are striped in the middle with a yellow line, creating a beautiful star pattern. The majority have a few tiny dark spots, while others have softer pink hues across each petal.

L. auratum is a lime-hating species, much like L. speciosum, and will prefer neutral to acidic soil if planted in the yard. It thrives well in pots. Simply fill its container with ericaceous compost with some gravel added for drainage.

  • 3-4 Feet Tall
  • Blooms in the late summer.
  • Partial shade to full sun.
  • Grows in zones 5-10
  • Fragrant
Lilium Auratum

8. Lilium Henryi 'Henry’s Lily'

Henry’s Lily will provide you with dozens of gorgeous, tropical orange flowers. Each one is decorated with a dense pattern of raised red bumps, giving it a delightful texture.

The petals of the Henry’s Lily curl backward in a Turk’s Cap form, seeking to brush against the stalks and robust stems grow at an angle. The Henry’s Lily is particularly suited to informal or natural landscaping.

L. henryi has been essential in the development of many famous crossbreeds. It’s extremely hardy and long-lived, but its most important asset is its soil tolerance.

Now, thanks to L. henryi ‘s genes being passed on, a number of fantastic hybrid cultivars may be developed in alkaline soils, including well-known trumpet lilies and oriental mixes.

  • 4-8 feet tall
  • It blooms in the early to mid-summer.
  • Full or partial sun is appreciated.
  • Grows in zones 5-8
  • No fragrance
Lilium Henryi

9. Lilium Longiflorum 'Easter Lily'

The lovely Easter Lily, with its pure white trumpet flowers, is the plant that gave rise to some spectacular crossings such as White American and White Heaven.

If you reside in a warmer region, you may grow this lovely easter lily outside. Easter Lilies will need to be grown indoors or in containers that can be brought inside for the winter in colder areas.

  • 2-4 feet tall
  • Blooms from late summer to early autumn when grown in the garden.
  • Partial shade to full sun.
  • Grows in zones 5-8
  • Fragrant
Lilium Longiflorum

10. Lilium Bulbiferum 'Fire Lily'

The orchid known as the Fire Lily is named for its resemblance to a flame. This species was first found growing in the mountains of southern Europe and has been widely used to generate a variety of gorgeous Asiatic hybrids. L. bulbiferum has long been utilized to create a slew of beautiful Asiatic hybrids.

The Fire Lily, despite its size, has magnificent flowers. The early summer blooms are big, open bowl-shaped flowers of rich tangerine orange. The petals have darker chocolate-coloured spots and are stencilled with smaller versions of the overall bloom.

This plant is also simple to grow from bulbils (small bulbs) that develop in the axil between the leaf and stem. Simply snip these away when they come free readily.

  • 3 to 4 feet tall
  • Blooms in early summer and when the flowers fade, leaves may be used as silage.
  • Partial to full sun.
  • Grows in zones 3-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium Bulbiferum

Division 1 – Asiatic Hybrids

The Asiatics are beautiful in their own right, however, they are not as large as their trumpet relatives. A wide range of colours and forms is available to fit every style and colour palette, as well as many sweet dwarf varieties perfect for smaller gardens.

Hybrids of the same hybrid origin may be differentiated from one another by means of their characteristics, for example, as a consequence of crossing mainly Asian species such as L. lancifolum (the Tiger Lily), but hybrids of L. bulbiferum , which is native to Europe, are included in the division.

Caring For Asiatics

In areas with a lot of humidity, Asiatics may not appreciate being drenched in lime. You should ensure they have an adequate supply of organic matter, however, since, like all lilies, they appreciate excellent drainage.

Most hybrids will produce blooms from early to mid-summer. In their first year, they’re likely to grow up to 75cm (30″), but in their second year, they’ll probably be shorter.

Asiatic Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

11. Lilium 'Enchantment Lily'

The name says it all. This hybrid delivers on its promise! It’s a show-stopper with hot and vibrant orange blooms that are offset by a dusting of darker spots. It’s a popular variety for good reason. It’s simple to cultivate and produces beautiful cut flowers.

It’s also simple to expand your plant population in the future. Along the stems of non-flowering plants, bulbils (tiny bulbs) will develop in the apex of each leaf.

Plant them in ericaceous (lime-free) compost to grow them on after harvesting these bulbils eight weeks following flowering.

  • 3-4ft Tall
  • Asters blossom in the summer.
  • Plant in full sun with lots of light.
  • Grows in zones 4-8
  • No fragrance
Lilium 'Enchantment Lily' (1)

12. Lilium ‘Connecticut King’

The Connecticut King is a popular, old-fashioned lily that’s well worth growing. It has large flowers of rich gold with darker spots on the tips of its petals and dark stems. The blooms are lightly scented too which makes this an all-round winner! 

It will grow to around 80cm (32″) high so it’s not suitable for small spaces but where you have room, plant one or two bulbs in April/May about 20 cm deep and 40 cms apart. You can also sow seeds indoors in spring before transferring them outside after the last frosts of Spring have passed. Keep moist until they sprout then keep moist – no wet feet at any time though! Feed regularly.

  • 2-3 feet tall
  • In June, it blooms.
  • Partial to full sun
  • Grows in zones 4-8
  • No fragrance
Lilium ‘Connecticut King’

13. Lilium Roma

A regal and elegant Asiatic lily hybrid that blooms later than other Asiatics. The lightly tinged buds open to enormous white blooms with a delicate sprinkling of dots in the middle.

  • 4 ft. 6in. Height
  • In the early summer, it blooms.
  • Likes full light.
  • Grows in zones 3-9
Lilium Roma

Dwarf Asiatics

The Asiatic lilies are such great container plants that it was a no-brainer for breeders to begin experimenting with dwarf hybrids.

It’s also possible to have a sequence of various colours appear throughout the spring, summer, and early autumn months if you plan your bulb planting carefully.

The Pixie series of lilies, which may grow up to 16 inches tall, are among the most popular dwarf types. They all open early and provide a lovely touch to a decking area or balcony garden.

14. Orange Pixie Lily

The Pixie Orange is part of the popular Pixie series and will reach a height of around 16 inches (40 cm). It has lightly-scented, orange blooms that open in May.

It’s perfect for containers or as an accent among other perennials.  To keep this dwarf variety healthy and happy plant it alongside spring-flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus, grape hyacinths (Muscari), glory-of-the-snows (Chionodoxa) and tulips.

  • In June, July, and August, it blooms.
  • Enjoys full sun to partial sun
  • Grows in zones 2-9
Orange Pixie Lily

15. Denia Pixie Lily

This dwarf lily has a height of 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) and blooms in mid to late summer with lightly fragrant, white blooms.

In June, July, and August it may bloom. It requires full sun but can tolerate partial shade too! Plant this bulb alongside spring-flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus and grape hyacinths.

  • Height 18”
  • Blooms in the middle of summer
  • Likes full or partial sun.
  • Grows in zones 3-8
Denia Pixie Lily
Denia Pixie Lily: photo credit (www.plants.alsipnursery.com)

Division 2 – Martagon-Type Hybrids

If you feel that trumpet lilies are too strong and showy for your taste, we strongly advise you to consider Martagon hybrids. Dainty, pendent blooms are set on tall spikes and curve back towards the stalk, much like the wild lily L. martagon.

These cultivars would look great in a more natural-style garden. If they flourish in the environment, Martagon hybrids might even establish themselves and stay for decades.

The progenitor of all Martagon hybrids is L. martagon, which may be crossed with L. hansonii to produce them. Turk’s cap-shaped flowers and foliage whirl around the stem in comparable ways like their parents do.

Caring For Martagon Hybrids

Martagon hybrids are less picky than other lilies in terms of soil type, as they will grow in any sort of soil if the drainage is sufficient.

They don’t mind being in the sun and can be planted to make a lovely display in a semi-wooded area

Martagon Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

16. L. X Dalhansonii ‘Marhan’

Marhan has been a popular cultivar for almost a century. It resembles its parents, L. hansonii and L. martagon, although the petals do not curve as much. The dark green stems are accented with vibrant, sultry colours while the yellow blooms stand out against the deep green foliage.

  • 4-6ft for a height of 2.4m-3.8m
  • Blooms in early summer, usually from July through August.
  • Partial to bright shade.
  • Grows in zones 3-7
L. X Dalhansonii ‘Marhan’
Marhan: photo credit (www.mymydiy.com)

Division 3 – Candidum Hybrids

The Madonna Lily, L. candidum, sometimes known as the Madonna Lily, is one of the most renowned lilies in the world. It has also been linked to religion for a long time.

Surprisingly, the Madonna Lily has not been used to develop many cultivars. L. x testaceum is the most well-known hybrid, and it’s difficult to come by.

Division 4 – Hybrids Of American Species

L. pardalinum (also known as the Leopard Lily) is a popular hybridizer of American native lilies. They have whorled leaves and dangling blooms, much like L. prunifolium hybrids.

This means that the bulbs of Japanese White and other white-flowered varieties form rhizomatous bulbs, which spread out over time to develop a mat of scaly growth.

Caring For American Hybrids

Because they may be harmed by carelessly dug bulbs, rhizomatous, mat-type bulbs must be carefully lifted and propagated. These hybrids prefer light woodland conditions or are best planted with shrubs.

American Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

17. Lilium Bellingham

Bellingham Beauty has been a popular cultivar for quite some time. It was first introduced by Mr. Joseph Bellingham of the United Kingdom in 1827, and it’s still considered to be one of the best varieties available today!

This ancient variety is not only easy-to-grow but also very long-lasting thanks to its rich colouring and large size – perfect for adding a dash of colour to your garden or planting them as a cut flower!

Bellingham is a strong lily hybrid that will develop into tall spikes adorned with bright green leaves. In the summer, they’ll offer you lovely red, orange, and yellow coloured blooms.

  • 5-6ft Longest length
  • In the middle of the summer, this flower blooms.
  • It prefers bright, indirect light.
  • Grows in zones 4-8
Lilium Bellingham
Lilium Bellingham Hybrid: photo credit (www.edrom-nurseries.co.uk/)

18. Lily ‘Cherrywood’

Lily Cherrywood is an old cultivar that was first introduced by Joseph Breck & Sons of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a lovely shade of pink with darker veins and it has three small dots on the inner surface of its petals!

Cherrywood features fragrant blooms in early summer along tall green stems. This flower is also known for its very tall stature, which makes it ideal to plant in the background of your garden!

  • 5-6ft Height
  • Blooms in the middle of summer.
  • It is suited for full sun.
  • Grows in zones 4-8
Lily ‘Cherrywood’

Division 5 – Longiflorum Hybrids

The Liliaceae family includes the Easter Lily (L. longiflorum), which is also known as the White Spring Lily and has beautiful, pure white blooms that smell wonderful and are popular with florists.

The Easter Lily has been less popular among gardeners, owing to its sensitivity and the fact that it is unlikely to survive a frost. Hybrids, on the other hand, have been developed to be considerably more hardy.

Division 6 – Trumpet Hybrids

Hybrids between the Trumpet and other varieties are by far the most numerous class of lilies, and for many, they represent the pinnacle of the lily family. When people think of a lily, the typical funnel form is what comes to mind.

The leaves on Trumpet Hybrids are generally thin and numerous, especially along the stems.

Hybrids from this category are commonly big and make a strong visual statement in your floral design. They look wonderful in pots as well as flower beds, thankfully.

The flowers on these lilies are huge and bright. These lilies produce large, brilliant blooms that will adorn the stems. The early summer is when the buds may begin to open, but they generally save their finest appearance for late in the season.

Trumpet Hybrids have a lovely lily scent. Aside from looking great, Trumpet Hybrids also emit a beautiful lily fragrance. Imagine being able to smell the delicious lily fragrance on a warm summer night!

Caring For Trumpet Hybrids

The greatest soil for Trumpet Hybrids is one that has been enhanced with a lot of organic matter. Their second-year performance will undoubtedly outdo their first year, and they should be delighted for three to five years before being transplanted.

The plants are also suitable for pots, but make sure they aren’t too close together. A 12″ space between the bulbs is ideal.

Deadhead the flowers at the end of flowering, then cut the plant back to ground level before frost.

Trumpet Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

19. Lilium ‘African Queen’ (Trumpet Lily)

African Queen is a beautiful, reliable and highly fragrant flower.

It features gorgeous bright yellow blooms with brown spotting at the base of each petal. These are large blossoms that drape on long stems, making them an ideal ornamental cut flower for you to have around your home or business.

The foliage will grow lushly in spring before dying back during summer dormancy time. The bulb should be planted deeply so the top half of the plant rests underground level while flowering takes place in late summer/early fall. African Queen thrives best when cultivated in well-draining soil alongside other plants who enjoy similar conditions such as hostas and ferns!

  • 5-6ft Height
  • August to September is the peak flowering period.
  • It thrives in direct sunlight.
  • Grows in zones
  • Strong smell
Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’
Lily Golden Splendour: photo credit (www.youtulip.co.uk//)

Trumpet Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

20. Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’

The Golden Splendor lily is a stunning ornamental with large blooms that are gold in colour. They’re quite striking, and they give the plant an air of regality about it.

Golden Splendor will thrive best when planted alongside other plants who prefer similar conditions such as hostas or ferns! The bulb should be planted deeply so half of the foliage rests underground level while flowering takes place during summer dormancy time. This is considered one of the most fragrant Trumpet Hybrids on this list!

  • 4ft in height
  • Blooms in the summer.
  • It thrives in full light.
  • Grows in zones 4-8
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’

21. Lilium Pink Perfection Group

The name says it all! These lilies are perfect and will provide you with a wonderful show of colour during the summer. With bright pink flowers, they’re sure to brighten up your day – no matter what time of year it is!

This particular Trumpet Lily has fragrant blooms as well as foliage that drapes along its stem. Pink Perfection Group thrives best when cultivated in moist soil which makes them excellent for planting alongside water sources such as ponds or lake edges.

The bulb should be planted deeply so half of the plant rests underground level while flowering takes place from late spring through early fall. They look great next to other plants who prefer similar conditions such as azaleas, hostas, and ferns!

  • 6ft in height
  • Upright mallow blooms in the mid-to-late summer.
  • Plants that thrive in full sunshine or partial shade
  • Grows in zones 4-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium Pink Perfection Group

22. Lilium ‘Bright Star’, Lily ‘Bright Star’

The large, bright orange blooms are sprinkled with vibrant colours in the middle. The bright character of these colourful flowers is due to the star-like effect they create!

‘Bright Star’ is a cross between the trumpet lily L. centifolium and L. henryi, resulting in a somewhat flatter form than other trumpet types. ‘Bright Star,’ as well as similar, more flattened kinds of lilies produced from these couples are also known as ‘sunburst’ lilies

The light green inner star is located in the heart of the flower, nestled inside the larger golden star.

In the 1930s, famed Oregon Bulb Farm owner and breeder Jan de Graaf was behind the creation of this breathtaking hybrid.

  • 3-4 feet tall
  • It blooms from late summer through early fall.
  • It thrives in full light.
  • Grows in zones 4-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Bright Star’, Lily ‘Bright Star’
Lily ‘Bright Star photo credit: (www.gardentags.com)

Division 7 – Oriental Hybrids

The two lilies L. auratum and L. speciosum (see our wild lily section above) were the inspiration for most Oriental Hybrids produced today. The outcomes astonished everyone.

Oriental Hybrids, on the other hand, were bigger and more robust than their parents. The blooms reach huge dimensions and have slightly recurved petals (bend backwards).

Caring For Your Oriental Hybrids

The majority of these hybrids despise limes, so if you have very alkaline soil, you’ll need to accept the fact that your plants will probably be in pots filled with ericaceous compost. If given ericaceous compost, Oriental Hybrids perform excellently in containers.

Oriental Hybrids To Grow In Your Garden

23. Oriental Lily Acapulco

Their name may be a mouthful, but their beauty is second to none. Acapulco Group Oriental Lilies are sure to captivate your garden with their vibrant orange flowers that have petals that curl backwards slightly.

The centre of this plant will also feature small purple spots! You’ll love having these beauties in your yard because they’re nearly maintenance-free and require little attention since they tolerate shade very well while growing up to 20 inches tall when mature!

  • 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) in height
  • In mid to late summer, it blooms.
  • Sun or part shade, depending on the planting.
  • Grows in zones 3-8
  • Fragrant
Oriental Lily Acapulco

24. Lilium Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca is a pure white lily that has the potential to reach up to 30 inches tall. It can be planted in nearly any garden since it loves full shade, partial sun and moist soil.

The Casa Blanca Lily cultivar was developed by breeders at Oregon Bulb Farm who were inspired by L. auratum (which we’ve already discussed above). This gorgeous plant thrives best when planted alongside other plants or growing conditions that are similar such as hostas, peonies and ferns!

Lilium Casa Blanca

25. Lilium ‘Dizzy’

hese frilly, dainty blooms are as unique as they come. The extra petals on the edges of this lily create a cascading effect that looks like an explosion!

This is a cross between L. auratum and L. speciosum. It was bred by John Wister in 1962 at Haverford College in Pennsylvania where he worked for over 70 years to produce beautiful new varieties of flowers.

The first flower has been spotted by early July but Dizzys continue until September or later depending on your climate zone.

  • Height 3-4 feet
  • It blooms in the middle to late summer.
  • Partial shade or direct sun is ideal.
  • Grows in zones 5-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Dizzy’

26. Lilium ‘Tom Pouce’

‘Tom Pouce’ is a petite pale pink and cream flower with some darker markings that have delicate, light-pink and white flowers.

Tom Pouce, also known as ‘Tom Pouce,’ will thrive in almost any type of soil if it is properly watered. These bulbs look wonderful in pots and will provide you with a lot of gorgeous blooms to cut. The flowers are frequently 8″ or more in diameter!

  • 2-3ft in Height
  • The flowers appear in the middle to late summer.
  • Partial shade or full sun is okay for him.
  • Grows in zones 5-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Tom Pouce’

Division 8 – Inter-Divisional Hybrids

In the past, lily cultivars could not be crossed due to concerns over incompatibility between different generations of plants. Breeders have been able to offer a large number of new choices for lily enthusiasts in recent years as a result of scientific progress.

Many of these new hybrid cultivars have been developed to address particularly difficult lily issues, such as their dislike of lime in soils. These ‘impossible’ crossbreds have also generated some truly unique flower forms.

Let’s have a look at some of the new lilies. The LA hybrids combine L. longiflorum with Asiatic lily species, and they’re first up. Following that, we’ll take a peek at some Orienpet crosses, which combine Oriental lilies with Trumpet types.

LA Hybrid Lilies To Grow In Your Garden

27. Lilium ‘Forza Red’

‘Forza’ is the Italian term for power, and this Los Angeles Hybrid delivers the definition of justice. The entire bloom is a rich, dark crimson colour.

The L. longiflorum heritage is to thank for the spectacularly huge flowers. It’s no surprise that ‘Forza Red’ is such a sought-after flower by florists.

  • 3-4ft in Height
  • Blooms in June and July.
  • The flowers adore full sunshine.
  • Grows in zones 5-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Forza Red’

28. Lilium ‘Heartstrings’

From the blossom’s delicate, pale yellow heart emerge strong pink petal edges.

Plant ‘Heartstrings’ in full sunshine with well-drained (but never dry) soil, and it will produce abundant, fragrant blossoms for many weeks in early summer.

  • 3-4ft in Height
  • June is the month in which they bloom.
  • Partial shade, or full sun, is good.
  • Grows in zones 3-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Heartstrings'
Lilium ‘Heartstrings’: photo credit (Erin Houston)

29. Lilium ‘Scheherazade’

‘Scheherazade’ will undoubtedly be enchanted you the first time you see it. The remarkable flower spikes, which may reach up to 7 feet tall, are filled with softly nodding blooms!

The flowers are crimson with a thin white border. This creates an amazing halo around the bloom as the sun shines through the garden.

The enormous, black anthers stand out from the main flower by several inches and are a sight in themselves. On a single stem of ‘Scheherazade,’ you might see up to 40 flowers.

  • 4-7ft in Height
  • It blooms in the middle to late summer.
  • partial shade to full sun
  • Grows in zones 5-9
  • Fragrant
Lilium ‘Scheherazade’

30. Lilium Black Beauty

If you want the most flowers per buck, Black Beauty will not let you down! It’s likely to produce at least 50 flowers per head, and it might even exceed 100 or 150 blossoms!

The enormous bulbs help to bear the heavy burden of buds and blooms. On the outside petals, each flower is a dark crimson, but in the middle is a lime green, completely marked star.

Black Beauty is one of a few Oriental Hybrids that can survive on more alkaline soils. because Black Beauty inherits genes from L. henryi, it will not throw a fit if grown in soil with some lime.

  • 4-6ft in Height
  • Blooms from late summer to early autumn in the United Kingdom.
  • It prefers full light.
  • Grows in zones fully hardy
  • Fragrant
Lilium Black Beauty

Breed Your Own Lily Hybrids

It is not necessary to leave the job of developing new hybrids to specialists. It’s really simple to give it a go yourself. Here’s our easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own lily hybrid!

Step 1

Remove the anthers (the “seed parent”) of the lily flower you will pollinate by pinching them with tweezers or your fingers, leaving the main design intact.

Before the pollen has fully come loose from the anthers, do this. (You may store the pollen to pollinate a different flower later, but right now you just want to keep the plant from self-fertilizing).

Step 2

Remove the anthers from the second lily plant (the “pollen parent”) and transfer the pollen grains onto the end of the style (the “stigma”) of the seed parent. It’s preferable to use something soft, such as a watercolour brush. If the stigma’s surface feels somewhat tacky, it’s a good sign that it’ll accept pollens.

lily anthers

Step 3

When you’ve finished pollinating the flower, attach a tag to the plant to remind yourself which species it was crossed with. When recording the cross, place the seed parent first, followed by an ‘x,’ and then the pollen parent.

If the two plants you want to match aren’t going to blossom at the same time, don’t worry. Simply deposit the collected pollen in your fridge. It should keep for several weeks and can be utilized again once the second plant begins to blossom.

Step 4

The fertilized lily’s seed pods will not ripen for a long time.

Wrap a little bit of muslin or breathable material around the pod if you’re overly cautious or believe you may forget to collect the seed. The seeds will be kept secure in the bag rather than disappearing into the earth.

Step 5

Once you’ve gathered your seed, carefully blow away the dead seed chaff. You may sow your viable lily seeds right away in neutral or ericaceous seed compost.

Put your seeds on top of the compost and cover them lightly with compost or perlite (just 3mm thick). Soak the propagator in water from the bottom, allowing the compost to become damp on top.

Place the entire tray in a plastic bag. Your little lily seedlings should start to develop after only a few weeks!


The Wonders of Lilies

We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief tour of some of the most beautiful lilies available. There is a wide range to select from, suitable for every taste. From the enormous 10-inch blooms on huge 8ft monsters to the tiny dwarf hybrids that are ideal for a balcony garden, there’s something for everyone.

Lilies are one of the most straightforward plants to maintain. Even if you get a strange lily, keep in mind the basic principles of growing well-drained, lime-free soil in a warm location and they’ll do just fine.

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