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WHY GROW LILIES? — Lilies bring height, fragrance, and drama to the summer garden, and most are long-lived perennials.

LILY HISTORY — Minoan wall paintings from 1600 BC show Lilium chalcedonicum, and the Romans carried herbal L. candidum throughout their empire. Learn more.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS — Most lilies like their heads in the sun and feet in the shade. To learn more — including how to protect from animalsclick here.

OTHER “LILIES” — Many flowers are called lilies that aren’t. For a list of 250, click here.


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LUSCIOUS LILIESSampler

Enrich your summer garden with the lush color, fragrance, and drama of heirloom lilies! We’ll send 5 easy-to-grow classics including our all-time customer favorite ‘Black Beauty’. For zones 5a-7b(9bWC) only. Lily care.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COF-29
1/$22.50
2/$43.50
3/$61.50
4/$79.50
5/$97

AFRICAN QUEEN, 1958

It’s not just an immortal movie, it’s a fabulous lily, too! Chocolate-bronze buds on tall, strong stems open to big, summery, amber-orange-copper trumpets that are swooningly fragrant. Vigorous and adaptable in all sorts of gardens, 5-6 feet, mid-summer blooming, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

LL-35
3/$13.50
5/$21.50
10/$40
25/$91
50/$169

BLACK BEAUTY, 1957

Though absolutely gorgeous – with 15-40 turk’s-cap flowers of dark raspberry narrowly edged with silver – ‘Black Beauty’ is even more prized for its wonderful vigor and long life in all sorts of gardens. In fact, you’ll often hear it called “indestructible.” (It’s even lily-beetle resistant, researchers say.) The first lily voted into the NALS Hall of Fame and one of our customers’ favorites year after year, it’s one of the 20th century’s very best. Sturdy 5-7 foot stems, mid-summer, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. View a five-year-old clump in front of our original headquarters. Learn more. Chart, care, and learn more.

LL-11
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$85
50/$156

L. formosanum, FORMOSA LILY, 1918

This easy, heat-loving beauty looks like a very tall, very slender Easter lily and smells even better. With up to 12 narrow trumpets atop 5-7 foot stalks, it arrived in 1880 from Taiwan (where it’s now endangered), but didn’t catch on until re-introduced by E.H. Wilson in 1918. Some say it’s hardy in zone 5, but we guarantee it for 6b-9b(10bWC) only. In the right spot it self-sows happily and can bloom from seed its first year. Late summer, grown for us in Georgia. Chart and care.

LL-28
1/$14
3/$38.50
5/$60.50
10/$112
25/$252

L. auratum platyphyllum, GOLD BAND LILY, 1862

This voluptuous Japanese wildflower was the “Queen of Lilies” in late Victorian gardens and stars in John Singer Sargent’s famous painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Its broad, open, luxuriously fragrant flowers are white with gold stripes and often cinnamon sprinkles. It prefers a cool spot with bright but filtered sun and requires acid soil to return well. Oriental, 2½-3’, mid-late summer blooming, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

LL-01
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156

GOLDEN SPLENDOR, 1957

The richly fragrant trumpets of this tall, mid-century classic are golden yellow (duh!) shaded with bronze. Lily expert Ed McRae praised its “great vigor and breath-taking beauty,” and Michael Pollan in his modern classic Second Nature tells of planting it near purple Clematis jackmanii and discovering happily that “the two plants’ colors and temperaments do indeed rhyme.” Aurelian, 5-6’, mid-summer blooming, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

LL-16
3/$13.50
5/$21.50
10/$40
25/$91
50/$169

L. candidum, MADONNA LILY, 1600 BC

The most historic lily of all, this ravishingly fragrant, dazzlingly simple flower is pictured on Minoan pottery from 1600 BC and in countless paintings of the Virgin Mary. Roman, medieval, and colonial gardeners grew it for its herbal powers, calling it simply “the white lily.” It does best in well drained, neutral-to-alkaline soil that’s a bit dry in the summer, with winters that aren’t too hard on its evergreen leaves. 3 feet, zones 6a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

LL-39
1/$11
3/$30
5/$47.50
10/$88
25/$198

PINK PERFECTION, 1950

Luxuriously fragrant, the big, trumpet-like flowers of ‘Pink Perfection’ are a dusky burgundy-pink highlighted by orange anthers and a dramatically dark pistil. Although its coloring is deeper in cool summers or with light afternoon shade, it is always beautiful. 4-6 feet, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), mid-summer blooming, from Holland. Chart and care.

LL-43
3/$13.50
5/$21.50
10/$40
25/$91
50/$169

RED VELVET, 1964

Grandma’s red velvet cake, rich with cocoa, is the same dark, luscious color as this enduring Hall of Famer. (Try our heirloom recipe!) Its New England-bred, triploid vigor makes it easy to grow almost anywhere, and hummingbirds love it. Asiatic, 3-5 feet, zones 4a-8a(10bWC), from Washington. Chart and care.

LL-31
1/$7.50
3/$22.50
5/$35.50
10/$67
25/$152

L. regale, REGAL LILY, 1905

Discovered growing with abandon in the rugged wilds of Szechuan, this richly perfumed lily is so beautiful and easy to grow that it led to a lily renaissance in the 1920s. In fact, George Slate in his 1939 Lilies for American Gardens advised, “If only one lily is to be grown, it may well be this.” Touched with burgundy outside, it glows with gold inside. 3-6 feet, early summer blooming, zones 4a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. See a customer’s fasciated regal lily with over 50 blossoms on one stem! Chart, care, and learn more.

LL-09
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156

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