For several years I’ve been picking up bags of Asiatic Lilies when they start appearing at the local stores. I have no idea what types of cultivars they are. They usually just come in somewhat generic bags of 10 to 12 bulbs. They tend to do well here until the really hot weather arrives, then they die back and become dormant. Sometimes, as happened this year, green shoots will appear in the late fall or early winter. They quickly die back again at the first freeze. I usually buy a couple of bags a year and stick the bulbs in bare areas to build up some color.
Apparently the bulbs of Asiatic Lilies need to be divided every few years. The plants have been returning beautifully each year even though I haven’t been doing any dividing. I guess I’ll have to put this at the top of my list of gardening resolutions for next Fall!
I recently read an article which detailed how to cross-pollinate and hybridize Asiatic Lilies. I might give that a try next summer.
I wish these blooms would last throughout the summer. They’re so pretty and come in so many different colors that they add a sparkle to the garden.