Illustrated Guide to Growing Lilies: Varieties, Propagation Techniques and More


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The buds push their way to the sun through the leaves and are soon followed by many charming flowers. Photo by Michael Feldmann

Everyone loves lilies. With large, showy blooms, lilies add striking elegance to every yard and garden. Lilies tend to bloom from early summer to fall, depending on the variety. But by carefully mixing early, mid-season, and late varieties into your garden, you can enjoy their blooms from spring through first frost. Growing lilies is actually not as difficult as you may think and is certainly worth the effort for those who take pride in showy blooms.

Note that these flowers, the "true" lilies, are from the genus Lilium, as opposed to daylilies, which are from the genus Hemerocallis.

Lily Varieties for Gardeners

There are lots of varieties of lilies with flowers in a variety of beautiful colors including white, yellow, orange, pink and red. As well as lots of colorful streaks, dots, and stripes that add even more to the beautiful blooms. There are a number of popular lily species and their endless hybrids are available to gardeners.



Asiatic lilies bloom in early summer in May or June. They don't require much care as long as they are grown in well-draining soil. They are the shortest type of lily (about 2 to 3 feet tall) and come in many colors. They don't have much fragrance, but they do add brightness to every garden and yard.

Damn Yankee
5/4/2021 11:48:42 AM

Great part on the propagation! My Home Depot got out of stock in lilies this year:( Very helpful:) and saved lots of bucks:)


WinnieThePooh'sPotatoGarden
4/19/2021 11:41:59 AM

Good guide! Just what I was looking for! I couldn't even find such informative articles in print. Thank you Michael!


Gordon Savage
4/10/2021 3:02:47 AM

Thank you! I will definitely plant lilies this year. By the way, planting seeds is easy and they germinate quickly the only problem is waiting for them to flower (3 to 4 years). Though some species like L. formosanum and L. longiflorum can flower their first year if planted in a heated greenhouse. L. sargentiae will flower the second year right in its seed pot without a greenhouse. Thanks a lot for the article!!!!!!!!!!! With appreciation, Gordon






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