For the Love of Lilies

Oriental lilies are a must-have in my garden.  Visually, they are foot traffic stoppers and they burn their fragrance lamps from the time the first blossom opens until the last petal falls.

Orienpet Lily ‘Silk Road’ about to bloom

Lilies bid ‘good morning’, ‘good day’, and  ‘good evening’ like no other…Their lovely sweet scent lightly covers the entire garden in late July and early August.

The oriental lilies I’m growing now are ‘Muscadet’ and ‘Casablanca’.

Oriental lily ‘Muscadet’ beginning to bloom

Oriental lily ‘Casablanca’ after a week of bloom

I can’t stand to keep lilies outside-only because they are such a favorite. So I cut a few to enjoy their graceful presence and pleasant perfume inside as well.

Orienpet lily ‘Silk Road’ is a new addition to my garden this year.

It is stunning.

Orienpet lilies are hybrids of crossing Oriental and Trumpet lilies.  The idea has been to combine the best features of the two groups of lilies – fragrance, large flowers, more cold and heat tolerance and sturdy garden performance.

I’ve been impressed with the color, size and fragrance of ‘Silk Road’ especially since I just planted the bulbs last March.  I picked mine  up from B&D lilies at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. There are several vendors offering a good selection of Orienpets.  I’m planning to add more to my garden this year!

How about you?  Do you love lilies?  Have you already added Orienpets to your garden?  Do you have a favorite photo from this post?  I’d like to hear what you have to say.

A few vendors for Orienpet lilies:

B&D Lillies,  The Lily GardenWhite Flower FarmJohnny Scheeper, Inc.The Lily Flower Store