With careful timing, selection, and staggered planting, you can enjoy layers of lily blooms in your garden throughout spring and summer.

Lilies are some of the most beautiful and diverse flowers out there, instantly recognisable and beloved around the world. From their delicate petals to their alluring fragrance, these bulbs are a must-have in any garden. To add to their benefits, they’re super easy to grow and care for, even for beginners.

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Asiatic hybrids are the superheroes of the lily world. Not only are they the easiest to grow, but they’re also the first to show off their vibrant colours. These stunning plants have masses of open-faced, upward blooms that will brighten up any garden. Plus, their strong stems don’t need any support, making them perfect for those who want to skip the hassle of staking. To get the most out of your Asiatic hybrids, make sure to plant them a bit deeper than other lilies, as they form roots above their bulbs.

If you’re looking for a plant with some serious height and fragrance, then Oriental hybrids are the way to go. These beauties are a cross between Lilium auratum from Japan and Lilium speciosum from China and Japan, and their bold flowers are sure to make a statement in your garden. These types are only available later in the year and flower from mid-summer.

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LAs or Asiflorum hybrids are the perfect combination of trumpet-shaped flowers, long vase life, and vigour. These hybrids owe their traits to a cross between Lilium longiflorum and Asiatic hybrids, resulting in a stunning plant with bright colours clustered at the top of the stem.

Plant a variety of your favourite lily types to enjoy blooms throughout spring and summer. Choose planting times carefully to blend the seasons together. One thing to keep in mind is that lilies can be toxic to cats, so if you have a feline friend, plant them in a spot that’s out of reach.

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If you want to have a ton of lily blooms, you need to plant them in the right spot. Lilies love sunlight, but they don’t like excessive heat, which negatively impacts growth and flowering. Choose a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade for the best results. Also, make sure the soil is well-draining, as, like other bulbs, lilies don’t like ‘wet feet’.

To plant, dig a hole about twice the size of the bulb and place it in the ground with the pointed side facing up. Cover with soil, water well, and wait patiently for new growth to emerge in spring. Lilies need regular watering, but make sure the soil doesn’t get waterlogged. If you notice any dead or yellow leaves, simply snip them off at the base to keep your plants looking their best.



A complete guide to growing lilies

A version of this article was originally published in the Garden&Home May 2023 printed magazine.

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