Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Magnificent Oriental Trumpets

The last group of lilies to bloom, those of Oriental and Trumpet parentage, are the loveliest. Hybrid crosses like this inherit the best traits from both types of lilies. Orientals give fabulous fragrance and a range of beautiful color to their offspring. Trumpets give the ability to withstand hot St. Louis summers and add height. These “OT” hybrids are wonderful for St. Louis gardens.

Most OT lilies are tall, growing from 4’ to 8’, so plant them in back of your garden or make them a focal point. Some OT lilies that thrive in this area are Silk Road, a red and white stunner that grows to be 6 feet tall. Two classic OT lilies, Black Beauty and Scheherazade, are among the last OTs to bloom. They both grow to be 7 ‘ tall. Robina is a deep lavender pink with huge flowers and strong scent--this lily always attracts attention! For bright color try Pizzazz or Red Dutch, both lilies that mix a strong yellow on petals with a red center.

OT lilies planted in rich, loose soil that get good nutrients and water will reward gardeners with bulb increase. One established plant will produce 2 to 6 bulblets each year, miniature plants that grow around the base of the mother plant. When these small plants get to be 2’ or so, lift them and separate, giving them their own space to grow tall.

--By Kim Peterson

The pictures below depict some of the Oriental Trumpets found blooming in member gardens this summer;
'Flashpoint' Lilium
'Flashpoint' Lilium

'Time Zone' Lilium
'Time Zone' Lilium

'Robina' Lilium
'Robina' Lilium

'Majesty' Lilium
'Majesty' Lilium

'Silk Road' Lilium
'Silk Road' Lilium
 

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