Lilies forum: Lily Suggestions

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Jul 19, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I have 6 or so LA hybrid lilies from gh Wild. I also have several of the Tiny series lilies that i bought from Lowes. And. I have several NOIDs that I bought years ago before I started keeping better records.

I am thinking about adding some asiatic and oriental lilies. Maybe some other hybrid lilies.

I really do not know much about lilies. But, i do know they do not come in blue:)

I am looking for some suggestions.

Also, suggestions on good price suppliers.



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Moby
Jul 19, 2014 10:37 PM CST
Hi Frank, welcome! Glad that you've joined us.

Here is a sticky thread with good sources The thread "HELP! Lily newbie & don't know a thing!" in Lilies forum
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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jul 20, 2014 7:35 AM CST
Well Frank, tell us what you like in lilies. Do you like fragrance, or does it not matter? Do you like tall selections, or trumpet shaped flowers? Upfacing or downfacing? Or both? There are many different kinds and you could get many different answers but just expound more on what you like and I will gladly recommend a few for you.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Jul 20, 2014 10:42 AM CST
Joebass said:Well Frank, tell us what you like in lilies. Do you like fragrance, or does it not matter? Do you like tall selections, or trumpet shaped flowers? Upfacing or downfacing? Or both? There are many different kinds and you could get many different answers but just expound more on what you like and I will gladly recommend a few for you.


I guess I have no special likes or dislikes at this time. I think the oriental lilies might be fragrant, while the asiatic is not. Not sure of other differences. Is one better than the other? Clearly "Oriental" lilies are not politically correct:)

I have several gardens, so I can use short or tall. But I think I prefer the taller selections. Color? Probably not solid yellow or white.

Should I be looking at the newer hybrids? Or are they more of a marketing ploy?

Are there "old standards" that are good for starting out? Or better yet, are there any that have stood the test of time and are still considered "hard to beat"?

I have some LA hybrids. Are they better than... They look like lilies to me.

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Thanks for your response.

Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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dellac
Jul 21, 2014 5:04 AM CST
Good idea. By adding some asiatics, trumpets, OTs and orientals you will add months of flowering to the season you have already from your LAs. I'm in the southern hemisphere and I listen with interest to the experience that growers share here on the forum - North American gardeners are guinea pigs for testing the new varieties. Hilarious! Sometimes we don't get 'new' hybrids here in Australia for decades, if ever.

....Except when it comes to the omnipresent cut-flower lily. They get here quick enough. Regardless of its breed or colour, this beast is fresh from the hothouses of holland and wouldn't know a spritely garden breeze until it is hit by one and promptly falls over. As for resistance to pests and diseases... well.

Some LAs have made the transition to garden favourites. You have some great ones. They are so prolific and adaptable, with attractive colours. But the form and flower presentation is far from the best that garden bred lilies can offer. To get a real taste of the diversity that lilies offer, with little risk of disappointment or wasting your money, take a look at this list: http://www.lilies.org/nals-2/popularity-poll/ and search up their images. See what you may like.

These are lilies that have performed over and over, giving years of joy and great garden performance to lily growers. In my opinion that's the best place to start for inspiration. Good luck and happy hunting.
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
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gwhizz
Jul 21, 2014 5:45 AM CST
Joe Hoell {Tasmania} produced a blue lilium, Frank Thumbs up
lily freaks are not geeks!
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jul 23, 2014 5:34 AM CST
Frank, I completely agree with Della regarding the popularity poll and hall of fame designations. Some of the hardiest and best growing for me has been; Lankon, Scheherazade, Conca d'or, Giraffe, and Tigerplay. You can check the database for the pictures but I would recommend using a good lily only source and just see what floats your boat.

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BUGGYCRAZY
Jul 28, 2014 8:13 PM CST
Oriental is correct for those wonderfully fragrant lilies. And yes try the older varieties, I am not impressed with the most new ones. But definitely get some OT hybrids, they are outstanding and you can see and smell them at eye and face level-no bending over! And try trumpets too - if you can find any. And do stay away from those wimpy cut flower varieties, those are the once in the 3rd rate catalogs, they churn them out for the cut flower industry that grows them in a greenhouse as annuals. They do not care if they are healthy or correctly identified.

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