Choosing the right lilies

Lilies are one of the most popular of all cut flowers. They can be used as focal flowers in various types of arrangements and they can be sent for many different occasions. Whether all on their own in vase or paired with blooms like roses, you can always be sure that your lily blooms will look amazing.

Asiatic lily

While these blooms are usually unscented, they more than make up for it with their beauty and wide variety of amazing colours. Asiatic lilies will face up, down or outwards and there are also dwarf varieties if you prefer.

Martagon lily

This lily type is difficult to grow but they are worth the effort. They are the most shade tolerant of all lilies and they are known for having an amazing fragrance too.

Madonna Lily

The Madonna Lily is in a league of its own. As plants, they prefer dryer conditions. If they are overwatered, they can suffer from grey mould which is why moderate watering is essential. The pH of the soil also needs to be monitored and adjusted as needed.

Longiflorum lily

One of the most well-known of these lilies is the Easter Lily. In most cases, they will bloom later in the summer season. However, they are often forced to bloom earlier in the year. These lilies require a sheltered spot where they can enjoy sun on their leaves but shade on their roots.

Oriental lily

Similar to Asiatic lilies, Oriental varieties have a strong and beautiful scent. They prefer a more acidic environment so make sure that you monitor the pH of the soil as closely as possible. Available in various colours, you might be most familiar with the Stargazer variety.

Now that you know a bit more about the various types of lilies, you can choose the flowering plant that best suits your gardening abilities and your garden conditions. Of course, if you don’t have a large enough garden or if you want to enjoy the flowers without caring for the plant, you can always order a fresh bouquet from your florist.