Lilies are the queen of the summer garden

Written by Doug Oster on .

nice lily'Altari' is just one of the great oriental trumpet lilies on the market. Photos by Doug Oster

The heavy perfume of 'Altari' lily hangs in the humid air in the summer garden. The intoxicating fragrance can be enjoyed from 30 feet away.


blog 3 better double lilyThese double oriental lilies were sent to me for a trial and I love them.'Altari' is one of my all-time favorites. It's several years old and has six or more tall stems filled with beautiful blooms.

The variety came from Brent and Becky's Bulbs, a great bulb house. I've learned many lessons over the years from Brent Heath has taught many of them. The best advice I ever received from him- "Buy bulbs from a place you can trust." I follow it for any plants I purchase.

'Altari' has found the perfect spot to thrive and I'm thrilled to see it increase in size annually. Can you imagine 20 stems after a few more seasons? Even though it's a sun lover, the lily is growing with just a several hours of sunshine. In this lighting, the tall stems need to be staked to keep them upright, especially during summer storms.


One of the great things about being a garden writer is trying out new introductions. I don't write about all of the things I try, but these double oriental lilies from Longfield Gardens are just wonderful. I'm a sucker for double anything and love the unusual blooms of these lilies.

They were planted a couple of seasons ago and are blooming like crazy. This variety has also expanded in the same bed.

The double flowers are beautiful, fragrant and are bred not to produce pollen. If you grow lilies and use them as cut flowers, you know what it's like to have the pollen dropping under the vase creating a mess.

No garden would be complete without daylilies. They are easy to grow and breeders have created a plethora of amazing colors, sizes and petal shapes.

There are lots of lily bulbs and plants at local nurseries which are on sale right now and great to get in the garden during the summer. You 'll probably see blooms towards the end of the season this year and then again for many more summers.

nice daylilyDaylilies are basically indestructible and come in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes.






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