Oriental and Asiatic lilies are beautiful showy garden flowers, the Oriental Lily varieties are the showiest of them all. Of the species in the lily family, Oriental Lilies were selected for their most fragrant flowers. Oriental Lilies are native to China and Japan and are related to asparagus, lily-of-the-valley, daylily and hyacinth.Oriental Lilies are large, showy and fragrant flowers making them an excellent choice for fresh flower arrangements and popular wedding bouquet flowers.There are many Oriental Lily cultivars in a wide range of colours and patterned petals. The flowers are flattish and can be up to 10 inches across, pointing out or up from the stems. The fragrance of the Oriental Lily has been described as “heavenly”, “intoxicating” and “unforgettable”. Plant your bulbs in early spring, after the ground thaws, or fall before the ground freezes. Dig holes about 12 inches apart for each bulb. The top of your bulb should be 4 to 6 inches below the soil surface.
Growing Oriental Lilies
Fertilize lightly in the spring to ensure that there are plenty of nutrients in the soil for your lilies to feed on. Water regularly throughout the spring and summer, as Oriental lilies grow best in a slightly moist environment.
Provide shade for your lilies if they receive several hours of hot, intense sun per day.
Spray your lilies carefully with a garden hose to remove insects such as aphids.
Stake the lilies if they grow very tall and cannot support their own weight. Place the stake firmly into the ground next to the plant.
Attach the plant to the stake using string, coated wire or specially made plant ties.
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