The lily is a kind of flower that can be used in many ways. It is a wonderful flower for arranging in a vase at home, but it also makes a perfect choice for weddings, special events and other occasions.
The lily is one of the oldest bulb plants known to man. It was found in ancient writings and pictures dating from 2000 to 1500 years before the Christian era. Many meanings have been attributed to the lily down through the years. Although the symbolic meaning of flowers sometimes changes, giving them always mean that we have something to say. The lily always conveys a special message.
Lilies can vary substantially in colour and shape. The size of their flowers, for example, ranges from 7 cm to no less than 25 cm across. Some lilies face outward and are slightly pendulous, some have recurved petals, and their flowers can be trumpet-, bowl- or star-shaped.
Lilies are classified into the following groups:
These trumpet-shaped flowers can reach a diameter of 15 cm, and the plants can actually grow to a height of three metres. Each stem bears four to eight flowers that can be white, yellow, pink, red or orange. Their rather sparse leaves are a deep green. Lilies in this group have no fragrance.
Not surprisingly, these flowers are favourites for weddings. Their large flowers are available in gorgeous colours. LA Hybrids are known for their thick stems and lush foliage; their flowers are more upright than those of the Orientals. These flowers are also beautiful as a focal point in the middle of a bouquet.
These oriental lilies are popular because of their many different fragrances and the size of their flowers. They are available in a wide range of colours such as white and pink. As soon as the flower opens, the silk-like petals reveal streaks of another colour or tiny brown speckles here and there that make a pretty contrast to the main colour of the flower. Oriental lilies are often even larger than the ones in the Asiatic group.
The lilies in the most newly developed group are known as Orienpets or OT hybrids. These interspecific hybrids – the result of crossing Oriental with Asiatic lilies – are characterised by their breathtaking flowers. The colour range of OT hybrids is growing year by year.
These are often called Easter lilies or November lilies. This lily can reach a height of 1 metre and is characterised by its white, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers that face outward from the stem.
Caring for the flowers
Trim the stem at an angle and place it in a clean vase; change the water once every three days. Each time you change the water, trim the stem again. When the vase is placed in a cooler location, the flowers will remain attractive even longer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lily
1. What are Lily flower bulbs, and why are they considered wonderful for summer gardens?
Lily flower bulbs are popular summer-flowering bulbs known for their stunning, fragrant blooms and diverse varieties. They are prized for their elegant appearance and come in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. Lilies are wonderful additions to summer gardens because they brighten up the landscape with their vibrant flowers and provide a sweet, lingering fragrance that often attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. Their hardiness and ease of cultivation make them a favorite choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.
2. When is the best time to plant Dutch Lily flower bulbs, and how do I care for them during the summer?
The optimal time to plant Lily bulbs is in the spring, after the last frost date in your region. Choose a sunny or partially shaded location with well-draining soil. Plant the bulbs about 4-6 inches deep and space them 6-8 inches apart. Lily plants prefer regular watering, especially during dry spells, but they also require good soil drainage to prevent root rot. Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to encourage healthy growth. Deadhead blooms to prolong flowering and remove any yellowing leaves to prevent disease.
3. Can I grow Lilies in containers, and what should I consider when planting them in pots?
Yes, you can grow Lilies in containers, which is an excellent option for those with limited garden space or for adding a touch of elegance to patios and balconies. Select a container with drainage holes and use a well-draining potting mix. Plant the bulbs at the same depth as in the ground, ensuring there’s enough room for root development. Place the containers in a sunny location and water consistently, keeping the soil evenly moist. Container-grown Lilies may need additional fertilization because nutrients can leach out of the potting mix more quickly than garden soil.
4. Do you sell Lily flower bulbs in your online store, and how can I order them?
Yes, we offer a wide selection of Lily flower bulbs for sale in our online store. To order, simply browse our catalog, choose the Lily varieties you prefer, and add them to your shopping cart. Proceed to the secure checkout, where you can enter your shipping and payment details. We accept various online payment methods for your convenience. Once your order is confirmed, we will carefully package and ship the Lily bulbs to your specified address, ensuring they arrive in prime condition for planting.
5. What are some common pests and diseases that can affect Lily plants, and how can I protect my garden from them?
Lily plants may face challenges from pests like aphids, lily beetles, and snails, as well as diseases like botrytis and powdery mildew. To protect your garden, regularly inspect your plants for signs of infestation or disease. Handpick pests when possible and use organic or chemical treatments if needed. Ensure proper spacing and good air circulation to reduce the risk of fungal infections. Moreover, avoid overhead watering to keep foliage dry, as many diseases thrive in damp conditions. Vigilance and timely intervention are key to maintaining healthy Lily plants in your garden.