Impossible to grow lilies?

clipetyclopFebruary 23, 2008

I've fallen in love with Lilies and would like to try to grow some- i'm new to Texas- and would like to know if I can try this with success- as it gets insanely hot in the summer.

What types (if any) lilies should I try for?

Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

I've had Lillehamer Hybrids growing for 2 years (got them at Lowes) and they've done great. Maybe I've just been lucky.

This is last year:

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 12:51AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sylviatexas1

Gosh, those are gorgeous!

I've seen beautiful amaryllis & its relatives (crinums & schoolhouse lilies) in your area.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 7:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
birdbite(z8b/9a)

Justintx, your bed is gorgeous! Is the purple leafed plant a smoke tree? And what is the fluffy green "tree" in the background of your yard? It looks so pretty!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 10:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
birdbite(z8b/9a)

Forgot to add - the only lily luck I've had is with daylilies. My mother-in-law grows Easter lilies in her yard though and they do very well.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 10:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

'Is the purple leafed plant a smoke tree? And what is the fluffy green "tree" in the background of your yard?'

Birdbite - it is a smoke tree, but I removed it this winter. Just didn't do well when the temps rose in the summer. The 'fluffy' tree is a weeping Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum). It is one of my favorites. I'm amazed looking at this photo at how much it grew last year.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 10:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cweathersby

There is one kind of lily that is bullet proof in Texas - Formosa lily. The leaves look like grass but then it bolts up to 7 feet tall and blooms its head off in August. Mine is in a part shade location which doesn't seem to bother it at all.

Here is a link that might be useful: dave's garden

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 7:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rick_mcdaniel(Lewisville, TX)

I have grown several varieties of lilies with no problem. I am especially fond of my Stargazers.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 12:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
random_harvest(z8 TX DFW)

Is there a local source for Formosa lilies? I've had my eye out for them for a couple of years but haven't seen any in the garden centers.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 4:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rick_mcdaniel(Lewisville, TX)

I have seen Formosa locally, but not sure where. It's a little on the late side for bulbs, right now.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

I picked mine up from some blooming specimen after they had been marked down. Last year, there were TONS of them marked down at Lowes - wish I had gone ahead and jumped on them. Lots of different varieties. I'll be watching this year!!
J.D.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 11:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alley

I want one of those formosa lilies. I'll have to watch when things go on sale at Lowes.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 6:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
natvtxn(z8BTX)

Another Lowe's markdown. 2007 was it's 3rd year to bloom for me. On the upper left you can see the easter lily buds.

Easter lilies brought home from church and planted. They rebloomed for me last year.

Asiatic lily. It was planted in 2003 and bloomed that year and not again until 2007. It certainly was worth the wait.

I bought this one at a local nursery last spring. I know I brought it to this house. It is now about 2 ft. tall and has babies too. That is a wing back chair behind it.

I dug up some lilies when I moved, so I am not sure what I now have, but they are coming up.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 8:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
srburk

Gorgeous pictures, natvtxn.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 10:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

natvtxn
You did GOOD!!
:)
J.D.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 12:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I remember reading something about not planting a certain lily that carries a virus that will infect other lilies, but is not affected itself. I just went to the lily forum and looked it up. It is the Tiger lily. I googled it so ya'll would know what they look like. Anyone interested in lilies would probably want to read about the virus on the lily forum to be informed. Just do a search for virus.

Incidentally, Schumachers usually has lots of Formosa lilies for sale. I think most nurseries carry them now. I read that they are the one lily that will bloom the same year when planted from seed. I've never tried it though. They are nice (and bloom at an unusual time of the year for lilies,) but nothing like the gorgeous specimens pictured above.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of Tiger lily

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 12:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
natvtxn(z8BTX)

OMG, what a lily. It is new this year from dutchbulb.com
I am afraid to look in their catalog to see the price.
I peeked. They are $8.99 each. Also, there is a $20 off "promo" on orders over $40. My order came to $40.97.

Late-Summer Beauty

Purple Prince Lily

This amazing hybrid lily (it's a cross between Oriental and trumpet lilies) gives a whole new color to the genus. 'Purple Prince' bears large, deep lavender flowers with a rich fragrance. It's a perfect showcase plant for any garden.

Name: Lilium 'Purple Prince'

Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall

Zones: 4-9

Grow it for: Its incredible color and sweet fragrance

Grow it with: Yellow daylilies for an amazing color combination

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 5:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
clipetyclop

Guys this is fantastic! I do love stargazers but thought they were totally out of the questions.

So another question for you experts- is it too late to plant for lillies? I thought with many of them being pre-cooled I would be ok to get some in the ground next weekend?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 6:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
natvtxn(z8BTX)

I would go for it. If they don't bloom this year they will next year.
My order of stargazers has yet to arrive.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 9:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cynthianovak

I just bought some Asiatics from Sam's. They also have stargazers in a box with a lovely yellow. I don't remember how many this year. I think last year it was more Stargazers than the yellow. BUt the yellows are a lovely fragrance. These are orientals.

I'm guessing but I think between 15 and 20 maybe fore about $15. No problem to plant them now. I've even gotten some in the ground later in March when they had started growing in the box and most were fine.

I haven't seen the formosa, but you might check Brent and Beckys bulbs online.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 11:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
eskota

True lilies are easy to grow in barrels or raised beds here. They like sun on their tops but cool roots- I have more than a dozen varieties on the east and north sides of my house, mulched well. They dislike alkaline well-water, and will be eaten by moles, gophers, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, etc (if you have those, plant in a hardware cloth "cages").

The best lily mail-order places are in Oregon- I like a place called Lilypad Bulbs, but there are many others.

North American Lily Society (NALS) doesn't have any Texas groups, I think it would be great to start one.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 9:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
natvtxn(z8BTX)

This morning I got an e-mail about a deal on stargazers. I ordered some for my DIL.

Here is a link that might be useful: super deal stargazers

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

I've purchased and enjoyed asiatic and oriental lilies, but they only bloomed the first year, then slowly diminished and finally disappeared. Unfortunately, they were planted in poor, compacted soil so that may be the cause. I do plan to try them again since the flower bed I put them in has been amended greatly. I will say, however, that the formosa lilies are great. After reading an article about them in southern living a few years back, I got some in a GW trade and even grew some from seed. Here they are last summer (July 17)

    Bookmark   February 28, 2008 at 8:27AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
natvtxn(z8BTX)

Gosh, those are pretty. I grew up in zone 9 and never saw lilies growing there. The only exception was a huge bed of Easter lilies that a friend had each year. I wonder if it is a temp thing.
I would love to trade you something for some seeds. I am trying to think what I have that might like z.9.
I have a small 1st. love gardenia - plant
Butterfly vine - seed

fanick phlox - plant/start, they were bred by John Fanick here in San Antonio, to take the sun, heat and humidity. Mine are in full sun.

nigella- seed

    Bookmark   February 28, 2008 at 12:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bobbi_p(z8/9 Cypress, TX)

In Cypress I loved my Easter lilies. They're also great for the bargain hunters amongst us, because the Monday after Easter, they're generally marked down to less than $1 at places like Lowes. Come to think of it, that's the week we'll be back in the Houston area: might have to make a gardening purchase!

Clipetyclop might need to confirm they'll do ok in the ground in the Dallas area?????

    Bookmark   February 28, 2008 at 12:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
melvalena

So it seems some people can grow them and some can't.

Everything I read says full sun... but even in part sun mine croak. :(

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 1:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
TulipPlanter

I plant with great success Triumphador, an Orienpet. They are now over 8 feet tall with 15 to 20 large colorful lillies each. They get a bit larger each year and now are growing little baby lily plants around the original. I've had great luck with most lilies...both in full sun and part shade, especially partial afternoon shade, in raised beds. I'm adding several more to the rose beds this fall and looking for yellows to add. My best source is B& D Lillies in Oregon. Curious about The Lily Garden, but have not yet ordered there.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 3:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Low growing native shrub?
I keep seeing photos of houses with dwarf yaupon in...
marti8a
Iris Bloom on a Sunday!
This is another bloom that graced my morning walk....
pinkkpearls
rabbit fence
We live in houston and looking at getting a rabbit...
sumanamine
HAVE: Ft Worth Spring Swap Trinity Park April 18
Okay, I know it's still January. technically. But the...
sylviatexas1
Pros/Cons of bush germander?
Has anyone had any positive or negative experiences...
bostedo
Sponsored Products
BLux | Teide Pendant Light
$238.40 | YLighting
Fosters Point Planter With Foxtail Lily And Orchid Leaves
Beyond Stores
Greenington | Hazel Dining Chair, Set of 2
YLiving.com
Atavistic Vestiges After the Rain Art Print
$19.99 | Dot & Bo
1st Love Table Lamp
Lightology
DaVinci Thompson 4-in-1 Crib with Toddler Rail
Overstock.com
Gnomes Limited Edition by Kartell
$430.00 | Lumens
Serena & Lily Fouta Stripe Sheet Set
Serena & Lily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™