Are Martagons and ‘Mrs. Backhouse’ Chipmunk Resistant?
Possibly. Our good friend and Master Gardener Nancy McDonald of zone-4/5 Grand Marais, Michigan, writes: “The martagon lilies have me grinning widely. They love our climate and soil, apparently, and for some reason the chipmunks don’t eat them — whereas Asiatic and other lilies are nearly as popular with chippies as crocuses. I planted some martagons in 1998 and they’re still going strong. ‘Mrs. Backhouse’ is, too, and she has martagon in her.”
As if to convince us, Nancy sent us these photos of ‘Mrs. Backhouse’ blooming in a wild corner of her garden near the shores of Lake Superior. Could anything be lovelier?