Truth be told, I never really thought that anyone reads this blog (apart from my mother and maybe one or two other people). I write it because it’s fun, and it’s a way for me to keep a visual record of our garden–something I never did for any of the the other gardens I’ve tended before but have learned is very important.
However, recently I have been getting a lot of inquiries about past posts I’ve written and the main crux of what many are asking is where I purchased my plants and also, specifically, what varieties I grow in our garden here in central Pennsylvania. So I guess other people are reading it from time to time. Whoops! I promise from here on out to try to be as detailed as possible beginning with these Asiatic lilies, which are on my must-have list of perennials for the garden. 🙂
These pictures were taken last summer, in our zone 6 garden. I have several beds of lilies, actually, but the pictures above show them growing in a part sun location in the northern part of our garden. They are also planted in a full sun bed in the south-facing part of the garden, and they do equally well in each. The soil they are planted in has had several layers of compost added over the last few seasons, so it is rich and well draining. I always interplant other perennials at their base (such as Echinacea, Lavender and Sedum) so that their “faces are in the sun and feet are in the shade.”
Asiatic lilies don’t take up much space since they are not very wide and grow straight up, but sometimes I do need to stake them if they start to get floppy. In our region they bloom late June and into July and attract pollinators. These particular lilies I purchased from White Flower Farm and although they are more expensive now (100 for $115), at the time I purchased them I was paying about .50/bulb! You may be able to find them for less money somewhere else, but these that I purchased at WFF were in great shape and bloomed beautifully the first season. For easy, summertime color, Asiatic lilies can not be beat which is why they are on my must-have list of perennials. PS, if you want to keep the lily show going, plant Oriental lilies for late summer bloom.