Lilies forum: What to plant beside lilies / companion plants for lilies?

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Name: PNR
north of Calgary AB, Canada (Zone 3b)
prairies, Chinook winds, 3500 ft
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prairie_northrose
Feb 14, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Hello everyone, I am new here. I am planning to invest in a bed of oriental & orienpet lilies in the spring of approximately 30+ bulbs. Does anyone have any suggestions for what else to plant beside these types of lilies? I noticed daylilies are a common companion plant, but I am looking for other suggestions as I am not a huge fan of daylilies.

Thank you kindly for any ideas at all!
central Illinois
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jmorth
Feb 14, 2018 11:40 AM CST
I use artemisia
Artemisia
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Leftwood
Feb 14, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Lilies do well and blend well with lots of other flowers. But it's always best to insure that the companion plants won't overshadow the lilies. Of course, you don't want the lilies hidden, but more importantly, lilies want good air circulation to help keep the leaves diseases free.

Among your other choices, do consider flowers that are bold when lilies are not (before or after the lilies flower). Spring blooming bulbs, like daffodils or species type tulips (like Tulipa humilis, T. tarda, T. dasystemon, T.greigii,etc.) are especially good, because as the lilies grow through the early summer, the bulbs will die back, allowing for that good air circulation. You will have excitement in your lily garden when your lilies are just sprouts.

If you are north of Calgary, is your soil still on the alkaline side? Even if you are Canadian zone 3b, you're at the cold weather limit of oriental lilies. You will need to make sure you have acid soil for healthy orientals and to help them through your winters. Oriental lilies do best in soils with a pH of 5.5 - 6.5.
Name: PNR
north of Calgary AB, Canada (Zone 3b)
prairies, Chinook winds, 3500 ft
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prairie_northrose
Feb 14, 2018 11:54 PM CST
Jmorth, thank you so much for photo, The artemisia looks great by your lilies!

Leftwood, thank you for the tips, I was unaware that orientals lilies like more acidic soil. I also like the suggestion of others types of spring bulbs, I often struggle for appropriate plants to hide the dying foliage of my spring bulbs. Good air circulation is a concern for me, not just for disease, but for lily beetle management.

Yes, my soil (and tap water) are definitely alkaline. Perhaps that is why the few orientals I already have with did not do as good last year. I have to be strategic with my plantings to maximize the micro climate near the sheltered foundation. Here are my Stargazers from the year before:

Thumb of 2018-02-15/prairie_northrose/1acc3f

These are most of the varieties I will be trying:

Pink Brilliant LO
L. regale - Species
Northern Sensation OT
Robina OT
Northern Carillon OT
Easter Morn OT
Miss Peculiar OT
Pretty Woman OT
Beverly Ann OT
Lavon (aka Touch) OT
Tabledance OT
Beverly's Dream OT
Red Dutch OT
Casablanca - Oriental


central Illinois
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jmorth
Feb 15, 2018 2:35 AM CST
Beverly's Dream is a knockout
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BUGGYCRAZY
Feb 23, 2018 7:54 PM CST
In a harsh climate like that perhaps some annuals would fit the requirements better, they would bloom before, during and after the lilies and provide color all season, you could even just start them from seed in place for simplest plan. And they work well to shade the soil and keep it cool for the lily bulbs.
Name: PNR
north of Calgary AB, Canada (Zone 3b)
prairies, Chinook winds, 3500 ft
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prairie_northrose
Feb 24, 2018 3:14 PM CST
Thank you Buggycrazy, that's a great idea as well! Annuals would be good too as it's easier to clean up any debris and dead leaves at the bottom of the lilies, perhaps this will help prevent disease. I wish lilies would bloom longer, and annuals would provide the longer colour like you mention.

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