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.

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Conca d’Or Lilies with ‘Eye-yi-yi’ Daylilies

‘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.

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‘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.

DSC_0787Anyway, 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.


lily bbThere 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.

DSC_0775Along 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.

DSC_0846These are ‘Chicago Apache’.

DSC_0772‘Egyptian Spice’.

lily aI 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?

40 Comments on “Lilies and Daylilies”

  1. 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!).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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