Lilies and Daylilies
People walking past our front garden these days will be treated to the seductive sweet fragrance of our OT hybrid ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies.
‘Conca d’Or’ is a hybrid of Oriental and Trumpet Lilies. It blooms earlier than the Oriental Lilies, but has a similar fragrance. It has greater height than Orientals, and an allegedly sturdier stem.
‘Conca d’Or’ and similar Lily varieties are also called Orienpets, a singularly awkward name that I will no longer use. For one thing, it sounds too much like Chia Pets.
Anyway, I really admire the ‘Conca d’Or’ flowers with their petals of lemon yellow fading into ivory margins. The flowers look velvety yet sturdy at the same time. And I love the scent of virtually any fragrant lily.
There are three ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies at the sidewalk end of the Driveway border, though one is undersized. Last year, I planted five more in the Sidewalk Border, behind the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). OT Hybrids are supposed to grow four to five feet, but in their first year I think these new Lilies are closer to three feet tall, so they are swallowed up by ‘Raspberry Wine’.
I’m hoping they grow enough next year so that they can be seen more easily from the sidewalk.
Along with the Lilies, we have a number of Daylily (Hemerocallis) varieties in bloom, though others will flower later in the season. I divided ‘Eye-yi-yi’ last fall, but they have returned unfazed.
These are ‘Chicago Apache’.
I also divided ‘Mary Todd’ last fall, and she has been slow to recover from the shock, with just a few flowers this year. She always was a fragile sort. I hope that, given time, she makes a full recovery.
When ‘Conca d’Or’ is finished blooming, we still have the Oriental Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ to look forward to.
Has it been a good year for Lilies and Daylilies in your garden?
Lilies here are blooming profusely, we have them down toward the green house in a very sunny bed. I love the lilies as well, but find the chore of dead-heading spent blossoms tedious. You have a nice selection and lovely for the folks passing by your place to enjoy ( and smell!).
I don’t find deadheading the lilies a big chore, but I guess I don’t have that many lilies.
I only have a couple of Lilies but lots of Daylilies which seem to be having a good year. 🙂
Conca d’Or is fabulous. I have a similar one called ‘Late Morning’ I am crazy about lilies but it is a constant battle here to keep them free from lily beetle. But Orienpet lilies don’ t suffer as much as most of them do.
Just saw ‘Late Morning’ on your blog. Lovely, as is ‘Lady Alice’. So happy no lily beetles here as of yet.
All of my lilies did pretty good this year. Daylilies never fail. You can see when they need to be divided. I divided some of mine last year and they are blooming better this year. I ove that fragrance of the tall lilies though. Yummmy and they are up high enough you don’t have to bend down to smell them.
Nothing in the garden is foolproof, but daylilies come pretty close.
I have a couple of new trumpet lilies that will bloom later this summer here, along with a few orientals. There was a problem earlier this summer with scarlet lily beetles but they are gone now, thankfully!
Have not seen any lily beetles around here yet – knock on wood.
Posted our neighbors bounty of old lilies, without names of course, but they were awesome. We’re just getting started with some so we hope to be having a bower in the future. Beautiful photos!
No lilies in this shady garden, but I enjoyed yours! Love that ‘Chicago Apache’.
I’m not a fan of lilies so don’t grow them. But I’m sure yours smell lovely and I’m glad they’re doing well for you! 🙂
Your flowers are gorgeous. One of my chores growing up was to weed the day lily bed. It required a lighter touch than what my father wanted to do – which was weed wack the entire thing. I spent many a day down on my knees, face in amidst the lilies, sorting out the wheat from the chaff as it were. I admire them very much, but have no desire to grow them myself.
I can see how that might diminish your enthusiasm.
They are stunning! Love all those gorgeous colors 🙂
Some wonderful plants in your collection. I have daylilies and mostly species lilies blooming. Waiting for L. henryii to open. It must be seven ft. tall. A monster year with all our rain.
Wow! My tallest Lily is probably under 5′. Of course the Cup Plants are a good 10′ or close to it.
Lucky neighbours! Your lilies and day lilies are beautiful, it must be a pleasure to walk past your flower bed.
Sadly, red lily leaf beetle won in my garden. I don’t have time to hand pick them and the only seemingly effective control is a systemic that contains bee killing neonicotinoids which I refuse to use. So, count your blessings if red lily beetle has not discovered your garden yet!
I’m counting them! But thank you for not using the neonicotinoids!
Very lovely lilies! So far, my lilies look great but they are all new so as to their long-term health, I just need to wait and see.
I hope they thrive for you.
It has been a good year for lilies in my garden, chiefly because I finally planted some!
No wonder all the Lily experts recommend doing it!
We have lily beetles so I don’t grow lilies anymore, but the daylilies are doing well.
I miss the fragrance of the Orientals.
I would, too! Lily beetles, stay away!
Your daylilies are looking great, Jason – Chicago Apache is a classic and still such a great red. My daylilies were exuberant this year from the incessant rain – they flourished and are just starting to come to the end of their bloom cycle.
We still have a couple of varieties that are just beginning, including ‘Egyptian Spice’.
I had great beginner’s luck with Casa Blanca, then I moved them and my luck ran out. I will keep trying if for no other reason than that heady scent.
Both the flowers and fragrance of ‘Casa Blanca’ are gorgeous, if a fragrance can be gorgeous.
Mary Todd has been growing in the same place in my garden for over 30 years. Her flowers are lovely, but she never spreads as do other varieties. I love the entire Chicago series of daylilies, but I do not have Apache.
That’s interesting about ‘Mary Todd’. Here she was reaching mammoth proportions, which is why I divided her.
Your lilies look great! I specially like Chicago Apache. It’s probably an American breed? I guess I can’t get them in Germany.
I love daylilies! But this year they seem to need a little recovery from last year. Last year I posted them on my blog. If you are interested, see here https://hassberg-garten.blogspot.com/2016/07/its-showtime.html
Not sure about where the ‘Chicago Apache’ comes from, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be available in Europe, though maybe under another name.
I’d say it’s been an excellent year for lilies here as well. I think it has more to do with bulbs that are settling in than it does the weather, but I’ll take it regardless. Conca D’or is in bloom in my garden too. Not nearly as impressive as your planting but those flowers are amazing!
They are indeed. I can’t resist the fragrance.
I can see why your neighbours are enjoying all these lilies and day lilies, they are just lovely. I planted tree lilies this year, they were supposed to grow to seven foot but only managed three and a half, like you I hope they get bigger next year. We also have the dreaded lily beetle to contend with….sighs…xxx
Oh I can almost smell them. I love lilies of every kind and yours look great