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From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs

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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 LILIES        Sampler
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.

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

COF29Add to basket:1/$222/$42.503/$604/$77.505/$94.50
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 to compare.
LL35Add to basket:3/$14.505/$2310/$4325/$9850/$181
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. Chart to compare. View a five-year-old clump in front of our barn.
LL11Add to basket:3/$15.755/$2510/$4725/$10750/$197
L. pumilum, CORAL LILY, 1812
Just 2-3 feet tall, this pixie lily has glossy, red-to-orange flowers that are bright but never gaudy. Native to stone-cold Siberia, it thrives in steamy Charleston, too, and though it can be short-lived, it self-sows eagerly. Aka Siberian lily, L. tenuifolium, early summer, 2-3 feet, zones 4a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
LL07Add to basket:3/$12.505/$2010/$3725/$84.5050/$156
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, 3-4’, mid-late summer blooming, zones 5a-7b(9WC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
LL01Add to basket:3/$155/$2410/$44.5025/$10150/$188
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 to compare.
LL16Add to basket:3/$155/$2410/$44.5025/$10150/$188
Looking a lot like our beloved ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ which is now “commercially extinct,” this exquisite lily produces dozens of golden, martagon-like flowers blushed with pink and speckled with maroon. It was bred by the great Frank Skinner who introduced over 300 lilacs, roses, trees, vines, and lilies from his home in frigid Dropmore, Manitoba. It’s happiest in very light shade, never needs staking, and is much more vigorous than its parents, L. martagon and L. hansonii. 4-5 feet, zones 3a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
LL42Add to basket:1/$14.503/$39.505/$62.5010/$11625/$261
L. hansonii, HANSON’S LILY, 1871
“No garden should be without it,” wrote Woodcock and Coutts in 1935 of this wild, martagon-like lily, echoing C.L. Allen of Boston who in 1893 ranked it as one of the dozen best lilies for American gardens. With 4-12 small, freckled, amber-saffron blooms in early summer, it’s early-blooming and happiest in light shade. 3-5 feet, zones 3-7a(8bWC), from Holland. We’re sorry but we’re not planning to offer this in 2015.
L. henryi, HENRY’S LILY, 1889
We’re big fans of this willowy Chinese wildflower that was brought back by Irish plant collector Augustine Henry from remote limestone gorges in Hupeh. Enhanced by green nectaries and chestnut brown “whiskers,” its golden-orange petals swoop back like the wings of a falcon. Blooms happily even in light shade and alkaline soils. Mid-summer, 4-6’, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
LL03Add to basket:3/$14.505/$2310/$4325/$9850/$181
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