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Name: Lynn
KC, Missouri (Zone 6a)
chili
Mar 21, 2016 2:13 PM CST
I have these Lilies (don't know anything about them) that get really tall and fall over. Actually last year they didn't fall as much as the year before, don't know why. They have started to come up again. My husband doesn't like them. I'm not sure what to do or where I would move them but is it too late to move them now? They are already a foot tall. The wall you see has another side like it by the people who lived here planted calla lilies there. It looks awkward with the tall lilies on one side and the callas on the other. and then when they are both done it gets messy looking. I think I would prefer some shrub roses or something else that would look good all season (low maintenance). Suggestions? This is a pool area. The climbing rose on the right is also gone.
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daylilydreams
Mar 21, 2016 5:35 PM CST
You should ask this question over on the lilies forum here at ATP.
http://garden.org/forums/view/lilies/

Personally I would move them now, just make sure try and get a good amount of soil with then when digging. Plant them in full sun and if they lean you can stake them to help hold them up.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2016 6:49 PM CST
I would move them now too.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 21, 2016 8:42 PM CST
I don't know a lot about lilies but I think your's are beautiful! I wish I had them.
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Name: Dee Moore
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DomehomeDee
Mar 21, 2016 9:20 PM CST
If you are going to replace them with roses . . . you plant roses in the fall so you might just leave them until then. They are best moved when they are dormant but you probably won't kill them moving them now if you want to. Lillies like those are quite hardy so worse case scenario is that they won't bloom this year.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2016 10:06 PM CST
Chili is in Zone 6. Plant roses now. Find some that are self-rooted. If you are concerned about litter around a pool area and also want something with year 'round interest, you might want to think about something evergreen. Mugo pine or rhododendron are both nice.
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DomehomeDee
Mar 22, 2016 10:15 AM CST
Sounds like good timing to me! Please post some pics when you're done so we can see what you did.
Daisyl - I'd kill to be able to have a healthy Rhoodendron in my garden so I really like that idea.
Name: Lynn
KC, Missouri (Zone 6a)
chili
Mar 22, 2016 11:28 AM CST
Thanks for all the suggestions. Has anyone had success moving Calla Lillies? They are on the other side and it all looks unbalanced. Wonder if I could move some of those over in front... By August it is all over though so looks a little rough with just the foliage dying back from these two types of plants. I'll try to get some closer pictures.

Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 22, 2016 12:41 PM CST
I have moved them. The rhizomes often get quite large so you will have to dig with care so as not to break them up.

Actually, I was surprised that you have them in your garden. I live in zone 6b or 7a and calla lilies are treated as an annual here. Does it snow a lot at your house? Snow acts as insulation.

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Name: Lynn
KC, Missouri (Zone 6a)
chili
Mar 22, 2016 1:04 PM CST
DaisyI said:
Actually, I was surprised that you have them in your garden. I live in zone 6b or 7a and calla lilies are treated as an annual here. Does it snow a lot at your house? Snow acts as insulation.

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Not much snow but they are located in a 2 ft east facing strip between the house and huge concrete deck for the pool so I imagine it might be a little warmer there than more open.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 22, 2016 2:57 PM CST
Interesting... Thank You!
Name: Lynn
KC, Missouri (Zone 6a)
chili
Mar 22, 2016 5:32 PM CST
I added more pictures of the planting area. Maybe I should just get some tall lilies for the other side.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 22, 2016 7:58 PM CST
Or move some callas one way and some lilies the other. Smiling
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William
Mar 25, 2016 9:57 AM CST
It looks like an Oriental-Trumpet lily (OT-Lily or orienpet for short) to me. Young stems on some cultivars in this group often aren't strong enough to carry the weight of the flower, but this often improves with age, sometimes dramatically so as the stems get much thicker. One alternative to avoid some of the staking is to snip of the buds on the small ones at an early stage - this will also help those little ones to grow bigger bulbs with even sturdier stems for next year.

While I love lilies, I'm not sure about having lilies that tall directly in front of a window. One option could perhaps be to move just those blocking the view to whatever new location you decide on? Especially if you are a bit unsure about what you really would like to do with the area, it might be better to do things in small portions. There will always be another time to move the remaining lilies.
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freezengirl
Mar 26, 2016 9:34 AM CST
You can move the lilies now though it is better to do it in the fall. I like to plant lilies or any other plant that suffers the ugly's once done blooming, in and around other mounding or branching plants. It helps to hide the ugly stage but also looks wonderful visually to the advantage of both plants.

The soft yellow is an easy color to work with when mixing plants.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 26, 2016 4:22 PM CST
You've probably already done something with your beautiful lilies, but here's another idea if you haven't: how about putting them into some big containers? Then you can put them front and center to enjoy the magnificent blooms, then just drag (or roll?) the containers to an inconspicuous spot once they've finished their show for the year.

Something that keeps on blooming, like maybe Cannas, would make a better planting for that area. If you are diligent about cutting off the spent bloom stems, Cannas will keep putting up flowers all summer, and they have beautiful tropical-looking foliage, too.
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