If you look for information about various types of lilies, you will probably become quickly overwhelmed. There are thousands of types of lilies, and each has unique features. When you look at pictures of all of the different types, including different colors and different shapes, and then read about all of the different growing requirements of each, it can be hard to imagine that they are really all lilies.
To make your query about varieties of lilies a bit more manageable, you will find below a listing of nine categories of lilies. Every individual type of lily will fall into one of these categories.
This is a wonderful choice for gardening novices who may not have yet perfected their green thumb. These lilies are very easy to grow, and will work in most climates and soil conditions. While not totally foolproof, they are the closest that you will get as far as lilies go.
This type of lily is not what most people usually picture. Rather than the bold upstanding blooms, Margaton flowers face down. When growing lilies from this group, which comes in lovely variety of colors, you will need to choose a spot that is partially shaded. They may not bloom the first year, but will last many years.
This is the smallest category of lilies with just a few flowers that fit here.
This type of lily is unique in that it offers flowers that resemble balls blowing in the breeze. They are not particularly difficult to manage, as long as you live in the proper climate. This type of lily does best in the western states of this country, but with a little extra work, you can make them work in other regions.
Longiflorum lilies are white and boast the trumpet like flowers that so many people adore. The problem is that they are not the easiest to manage, and many people experience disappointment when trying to include them in a home garden.
Many consider this fragrant category of flowers to be the most popular of lilies. When you see the beautiful trumpet shaped flowers in gorgeous colors including white, gold, yellow and pink it is easy to see why this lily is thought by many to be the essence of what a lily should be.
These are also called stargazer lilies and, while not the easiest to grow, with a little effort, you can make it work. The main requirements are partial shade and lots of water. This type of lily is not nearly as self-sufficient as some others, so you may need to water it daily during dry periods.
This is a category that was created for lilies that did not fit in the other categories. For example, a cross breed that may include features from more than one of the above categories would likely be listed here.
These are where lilies began – the wild lilies. From these are all of the other hybrids created. You can purchase some lilies from this category to include in your garden, but be warned: Some can challenge even the most seasoned of gardeners. One thing that all types of lilies have in common is that they are all beautiful additions to your garden. Before deciding which type of lily you’d like to try, learn which will do best in your region. That will make it easier for you to get great results.
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