By Leora McTall – Master Gardener
Summer brings many flowers, but the lily may be our favorite flower of all. When speaking of lilies, several types may come to mind such as daylilies (hemerocallis), calla lilies (zantedeschia), magic lilies (lycoris), torch lilies (kniphofia), or sometimes daffodils are called Easter Lilies.
But none of these are “True” lilies. True lilies include Asiatic, Oriental, Trumpet, Orienpet and several other hybrid crosses.
The Orienpet (Oriental x Trumpet) is becoming popular in our area since they are so easy to grow, and become very tall – up to 6 – 8’. They have been nicknamed the “Tree Lily” by commercial growers, one of whom bragged “plant a few of these together and you will have a lily forest!”
A few years ago, our local Thyme to Garden Club offered a pink and white “Garden Treasures” tree lily bulb, along with our daffodil bulbs, and it proved to be very popular.
In February, Master Gardener Ernie Henson sold potted tree lilies at the Herb and Garden Show in Mt. Vernon and also at the Centralia Home Show. As a result, many area gardens now have Orienpet or Tree Lilies which may have bloomed this first year. Our Irvington garden showcased a beautiful yellow, sweetly-fragrant bloom of the “Conca d’Or” Tree Lily, and the flower measured 9.5” across! The plant is perennial and will grow taller each year for 3 – 4 years. Conca d’Or was recently voted into the Lily Hall of Fame.
For More, Please Read The July 1, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.
Summer Is For Lilies