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Lilies are practical and beautiful plants in any garden. These hardy perennials can form the backbone of a St. Louis garden.
Gardening with lilies
'Gardening with lilies is not only a therapeutic past time; it also offers us the chance to step back from the chaos of our daily lives to appreciate what is pure in life and preserve our future.'
|(from Angela Gynp)|
Lily flowers come in an array of colors and sizes. In addition to the common orange and yellow, lilies come in red, pink, lavender, magenta, red, peach, white, and combinations of these colors. Every color but blue is represented in this flower.
Lily symbolism & lore
White lilies symbolize purity of the heart
Several color patterns exist in lilies. Stripes, "brush marks", spots, and color-tipped petals are some of the more common coloration patterns.
There is a size of lily for every spot in the garden. Small "pixie" lilies 2' - 3' tall were bred to grow in patio pots. Beautiful and fragrant Oriental lilies grow 3' - 4' tall and fit well in the middle of a flower border. Handsome, sturdy Asiatic and Trumpet lilies grow 3' - 6' tall for the back of the garden, and the giant Oriental-Trumpet hybrids can get up to 8' tall for a special spot in the garden.
Members of the Lilium genus, these flowers are often confused with daylilies (hemerocallis). Lilium grow from bulbs that are planted in the spring or fall. Their foliage feeds the bulb that produces next year's flowers and that foliage dies back each winter. They like rich, well drained soil and at least 4 hours of sunlight.
Home gardeners are showing increasing interest in lilies, and hybridizers have responded by producing new varieties that are versatile and reliable, plants that please novice gardeners as well as experienced plantsmen.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff