Favorite early blooming fragrant or shade tolerant lilies.

hld6(z7 MD)August 19, 2005

Hi All,

Now that my last lilies are finishing up their bloom I have to while away my time pondering new lilies to plant this Fall. :) I prefer fragrant lilies and I have a lot of shady spots

I've been planting Maryland natives in my shady areas (due to mature deciduous trees) - but I'd like to plant some shade tolerant lilies (fragrant or not - I can't be TOO picky). I'm considering Martagon and Pardalinum giganteum. Any other suggestions?

In my remaining sunny spots I'd like to extend my lily season. There are a few fragrant asiatics being offered nowadays. Does anyone have experience with them or other early blooming fragrant lilies. What are your favorites?

There are just so many beautiful lilies in the world and so little yard!


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bcgift52(Z8 Canada)

I've tried a few 'fragrant' asiatics but the 'scent' is nothing to write home about so I'm still hunting and am going to try Amarone and Donau next year, on recommendations from gwebbers who have grown them. An early Oriental is Rosario which was blooming right along with the asiatics. I have some trumpets and opets in bright shade (under maple and cedar) that bloom fine but they do the 'forward bend' and I do have to stake them.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2005 at 5:02PM
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If you want fragrance - I mean, heady fragrance, get orientals. They bloom later, but they are worth it.

A lot of the species lilies (early blooming, not formosanum; it blooms in late summer-fall), are fragrant as well - the trumpets I mean.

A good site for lilies is The Lily Garden (www.lilygarden.com). You can check out bloom times, fragrance, etc. Their lilies are expensive, but I have heard they have really good bulbs. I want to get 'Silk Road'. It is a beautiful dark pink and white one.


    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 8:12PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

Hi Susan,
I have orientals and some trumpets (which bloom a little before the orientals). I also have an LO hybrid "Elegant Lady" which blooms before either of those. But none of these bloom as early as the asiatics. I planted an early species lily, L. Pumilum, last Fall but they didn't bloom this year so I'll have to wait 'til next spring to check out their bloom time and fragrance. I got one of my trumpet lilies (L. Leucanthum) from The Lily Garden. Trumpet lilies have large bulbs in general, but even so, these were very nice looking (large and healthy). They also threw in a complimentary bulb of "White Henryi". It came up this year and looked beautiful. It also has a reputation of being indestructible. Perfect for me! While I knew about their complementary bulb policy I was impressed that this also extended to their seed and I received a package of trumpet lily seed with my seed order. I don't mind expensive when it comes with really good quality product and really good service.
(And yes, Silk Road is a beautiful lily!)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 2:32PM
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Oriental 'Mona Lisa' is early bloomer. It blooms at the same time as asiatics.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 10:39PM
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I let my 6 year old grandson pick out a lily he liked in the spring to order, and he picked out White Stargazer. I ordered 50 of them, and we planted together. We were putting them in a bed that is part sun to almost full shade. He went back into the shade more than I would have liked, but I didn't discourage him. Every one bloomed and they were absolutely spectacular, fragrance and beauty. Everyone wanted a bouquet so he cut bouquets for all, so I will probably have to replant next year, but what a gorgeous flower (and what fun we had!). Polly

    Bookmark   August 28, 2005 at 12:26PM
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tyshee(Z 3 & 4)

Donau is a real producer also. You will have lots of them in just a short while. The scent on Donau or Amarone is not heavy like a trumpet or orienpet. It is faint. I say plant lots of lilies and altogether they make a wonderful smell. I have hundreds of lilies and the yard always smells good.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2005 at 3:05AM
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cailinriley(z3 Calgary AB)

Climate, temperature and weather conditions must have an effect on scent in the garden, so plants that are highly (or faintly) perfumed in one region could be totally different in another.

I grew 'Amarone' for the first time, this summer. There were 9 bulbs in the bag and, although I didn't count the stems, I believe they all grew. While tyshee is right about the fragrance being lighter than that of some other lilies, I wouldn't classify the scent on my 'Amarone' as faint. When I bought them, I didn't know they were a scented lily; it was only after they bloomed that I realized they had a sweet fragrance, which I prefer to the headier orientals.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 5:21PM
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hld6(z7 MD)

I like your "plant lots of lilies" idea Tyshee. As long as they have some scent - that would work. Unfortunately I have a very small yard with lots of shade. (Only a few good lily growing spots.) So I can't grow as many as I'd like. One lily I'm planting this Fall is Lilium cernuum. Its a species lily that blooms in June and is listed as having a scent. Anyone else have this lily?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 3:34PM
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tyshee(Z 3 & 4)

I would plant trumpets for scent. Just one lily smells a big area. They are the best or plant silk road.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 11:13AM
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