We are perennially amazed that so little effort is required to grow such perfection. The most important cultural detail in growing lilies is good drainage. We learned the hard way that drainage does not mean just planting on a slope: water needs to drain away from the bulb and roots for they will rot if kept wet. Where the soil is heavy clay, we dig a hole about 3" deeper than normal and fill that 3" with gravel. Bulbs are planted about 6"-8" deep. The hole should be 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb.
Lilies make wonderful cut flowers. It is a good rule of thumb to leave 2/3 of the stem to provide food for the bulb for the next year. Lilies bloom 3 weeks.
LIMG L. 'MidCentury Gold' - Gold Asiatic with no freckles. Mid-June to early July. 30".