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‘Red Velvet’, 1964

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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BLACK BEAUTY, 1957

On sale now! 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/$11.25
5/$18
10/$33.30
25/$76.50
50/$140.40
You save 10%!

CORSAGE, 1961New

“Why doesn’t anyone offer my favorite lily anymore?” a customer asked us many years ago. She sent us a couple of bulbs and when they bloomed we agreed: it’s fantastic, a luminous blend of ivory, lemon, and pink that’s delicately edged and spotted with maroon. And since it has no pollen, it’s perfect for corsages and bouquets. By the great Jan de Graaf, 3-4 feet, zones 3a-7b(9bWC), early-mid summer, from Holland. Chart and care.

LL-05
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37.25
25/$84.50
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
Almost gone! Limit 5.

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
Almost gone! Limit 3.

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
Limit 10, please.

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

L. lancifolium ‘Splendens’, TIGER LILY, 1804

The first Asian lily to reach American gardens, this sturdy, salmony orange turk’s-cap lily is an easy cottage-garden classic. It’s a pass-along plant throughout the South, but it thrives just as well at abandoned homesites in icy Minnesota. Tiny bulblets on the stem fall and root themselves for easy increase. Virus-free bulbs. Formerly L. tigrinum, 3-5 feet, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

LL-04
3/$10
5/$16
10/$29.50
25/$67.50
50/$125

L. lancifolium ‘Flore-Pleno’, TIGER LILY, DOUBLE, 1870

“A magnificent plant,” exclaimed Brooklyn’s C.L. Allen in 1893 about this quirky, exuberant lily whose blooms remind us of shaggy-headed lions. Felder Rushing, author of Passalong Plants, admires it, too, and tells us that in his Mississippi garden it’s a magnet for tiger swallowtail butterflies. 3-5 feet, mid-summer, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

LL-33
3/$10.50
5/$16.50
10/$31
25/$71
50/$131

WHITE HENRYI, 1945

On sale now! True stock! This Hall of Fame masterpiece was bred by the genius who gave the world both ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Stargazer’. It’s NOT a white L. henryi (and it’s NOT ‘Bright Star’ or ‘Lady Alice’ as some unscrupulous sources claim) but a big, sturdy, dramatic lily with narrow ivory petals that curl back from a starry heart of apricot and cinnamon – and glorious! Mid-summer, 4-6 feet, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), Washington. Chart and care.

LL-32
1/$8.55
3/$23.40
5/$36.90
10/$68.40
25/$153.90
You save 10%!

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