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.
LITR l. ‘Triumphator’ -- Trumpet lily with large white flowers with rose centers. Fragrant! 4’ tall on sturdy stems.