Oriental lilies are the classic “late bloomer.” These stunning flowering bulbs bloom after Asiatic lilies, continuing the lily parade in the landscape well into the season. Growing oriental lily plants is fairly easy provided you have a well prepared site for bulbs, plenty of sun and good drainage. Some of the most magnificent flowers in the lily family are in this large group of species and cultivars. Read on to learn how to grow oriental lilies for a colorful, magical blooming garden surrounding your home.
- Oriental lilies are the classic “late bloomer” as they start to appear in August. They are quite easy to grow with thick, rigid stems, strappy leaves and showy flowers.
- When planting Oriental lilies choose a full sun location. These bulbs cannot tolerate boggy soil, which means their planting bed should be tested for drainage and amended prior to planting.
- When blooms are spent, cut off flower stalks but allow foliage to remain until yellow and beginning to die. This will help fuel the bulb for the next year’s bloom.
“Oriental lilies are larger than their Asian counterpart and very fragrant, making them popular additions to the cut flower garden.”