The hardy lily is an often under-utilized summer flowering bulb in perennial gardens and container gardens. Lilies are tough, hardy perennial plants that once established in your garden will continue to perform for you year after year with little care.
Try plating lilies in odd number groups of 3, 5 or 7 bulbs for maximum color impact. Another way to extend your bloom time is to plant a group of Asiatic lilies with a group of Oriental lilies. Asiatic Lilies and Oriental Lilies bloom at different times, therefore extending your bloom period.
Lilies are important as large, showy cold hardy perennial flowering garden plants, make great cut flowers, and provide gorgeous color shows during most of the summer season. There are about 80 species and several hundred cultivars available ranging in height from 2 to 8 feet. They are available in white, yellow, red, pink, orange, maroon, and bicolor.