Lilies forum: If you could only plant one lily?

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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 7:50 AM CST
If you could only plant one lily, what would it be? Or if there was a single lily that everyone should have in their garden.
Minnesota and Alaska (Zone 3a)
freezengirl
May 1, 2016 10:09 AM CST
Gives me a headache even thinking of it! Do you mean one lily as in only one or one variety? Here is my thoughts (but doesn't answer the question). Where is your garden location (zone, light, soils and location within the landscape), more interested in color, form, season, hardiness, garden or pot grown? I haven't had enough coffee yet for this concept of ONLY ONE! Crying
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 10:21 AM CST
Not one variety, just one single lily! We will say that the location is perfect. Just for fun lol
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 1, 2016 10:24 AM CST

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It would be much easier to say what my favorite lily would not be, and that would be the modern Dutch upfacing hybrids. That said, certainly one of my favorites would be Morden Butterfly for its consistent good health and longevity as well as the visual appearance: elegant long pedicels, cherry red color with a few spots and just overall good form.

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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 11:36 AM CST
pardalinum said:It would be much easier to say what my favorite lily would not be, and that would be the modern Dutch upfacing hybrids.

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But aren't the upfacing ones more advantageous for shorter varieties for viewing purposes? Might be a dumb question as I'm fairly new to the lilies yet. I can understand not liking upfacing lilies on something that gets over like 4-5 feet
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 1, 2016 12:55 PM CST

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I do grow a few of the upfacing lilies but they are not my favorites. Sure, upfacing is preferential if you want shorter lilies, say for a border area. I tend to enjoy my lilies more from a short distance, as the whole plant, stem, leaves and inflorescence.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 1, 2016 2:04 PM CST
If I could have only one lily, I'd go to Home Depot and buy the prettiest little Asiatic I could find with lots of buds. Then, if Rick wasn't watching, I'd pull out my little pollen envelops and pluck pollen from a few others and go home and have some fun. nodding
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jmorth
May 1, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Awesome
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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 2:23 PM CST
Great idea lorn. Always thinking outside of the box. Lol

Jmorth, what are those?
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
May 1, 2016 2:26 PM CST

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Lorn that would be so hilarious Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Whistling !!
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jmorth
May 1, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Trumpet (from Lisa H aka Buggy Crazy) some years ago (2007, I think). Still going strong.
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jmorth
May 1, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Actually, it is an interdivisional hybrid Aurelian Lily.

Lily (Lilium 'Awesome')
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Name: Joshua
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Australis
May 1, 2016 5:27 PM CST
Only one lily? * twitches *

It's bad enough trying to limit myself to the small amount of space I have, let alone a single lily! But if I had to choose, it would be the one given to me by my grandmother many years ago, which I think was a spotted orange dwarf Asiatic (not sure it's Orange Pixie, based on photos I've seen). Currently can't locate the lily, so sadly suspect I've lost it.

If sentimental reasons weren't a factor, I'm not quite sure which one I'd choose! Too many options...
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 1, 2016 7:41 PM CST

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Now that is what I call creative, Lorn. Only a hybridizer could think of that.

One lily? Pink Jazz or Silk Road. Gotta have fragrance in my pick. And it must have potential for seed production, by way of *my neighbors tetraploid O/T and trumpet lilies Crossing Fingers!
Tracey
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Tracey, does your neighbor have carte blanche? Lol
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 1, 2016 7:57 PM CST

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If she doesn't, she will when I have to give her all of my lilies except one. *Blush*
Tracey
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 1, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Tracey i would never make you give up your lovely lilies. Well unless they were coming my way. Lol
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
May 2, 2016 1:44 AM CST
While some lilies may be more beautiful (and easier to grow), there is none more elegant and graceful than Lilium canadense.

That would be my choice.
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
May 2, 2016 6:17 AM CST
Miss Feya is one that comes to mind, but so do many others. Robina might be my favorite for smell.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 2, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Jmorth, I can see why they are called awesome. Those are beautiful! ! I would like to get some "chocolate canary"

Joshua, I know what you mean about there being a ton of choices.

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