Thursday, 2 August 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Pink Lily

Description: Stars of the perennial border, summer-flowering lilies are tall, colorful, majestic, and sometimes very fragrant, depending on the species.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Spring- Early summer

Height: 2 feet

Spacing/Planting: Plant lily bulbs in spring or fall, spacing plants 8 to 18 inches apart, depending on variety. Prepare garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole about 6 inches deep and set the bulb in the hole, pointy end up. Fill the hole with soil and firm it gently. Water thoroughly. If hungry voles or mice are a problem, plant lily bulbs in buried wire cages to protect them from getting eaten.

Sun Needs: Full sun to part shade (will bloom late and not as many blooms in part shade)

Water Needs: Medium

Outstanding Features: Fragrant, Good for cut flowers

Uses: Cut flowers, boarders, flower garden, English garden.

Tips: Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. As flowers fade, cut back the flower stalks to the base of the plant.

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