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8 Tips for Growing Better Lilies

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 05, 2017
Lilies have an elegance few other flowers can rival. With such big, exotic-looking blossoms, it seems like they’d be tricky to grow. But they’re not! Here are eight tips to help you succeed with these gorgeous summer-blooming flower bulbs.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Know Your Lilies: Asiatics, Orientals, Trumpets and More!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 21, 2016
It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between daylilies (hemerocallis) and true lillies (lilium). Daylilies have a dense root system, long, strappy foliage and clusters of flowers on wiry stems. True lilies grow from bulbs. They have a prominent, upright stalk that displays both foliage and flowers.  What gets tricky is trying to tell one true lily from
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Topics: How-To , Lilies

How to Control Red Lily Leaf Beetles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 16, 2016
The red lily leaf beetle (Lilioceris lilii) is a destructive pest that feeds almost exclusively on true lilies (Lilium spp.), including Asiatic and Oriental lilies as well as Orienpets and species lilies. First discovered in Canada about 50 years ago, this non-native species has gradually infiltrated most of New England and central and western Canada. In 2012 it
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Topics: Lilies

Make Way for Lilies: How to Fit More Lily Bulbs in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 18, 2016
I love lilies and every spring I somehow manage to find room for more of them. Since my flowerbeds are already packed with plants and my garden isn’t getting any bigger, I have had to get creative about where to put them. A few years ago, I started planting lilies in 1 and 2-gallon nursery pots. I got the idea from
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs

Fragrant Lilies for Your Summer Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 31, 2015
Summer is filled with so many good smells: suntan lotion, burgers on the grill, rain at the end of a hot day, and my personal favorite… lilies! From mid-July to September, my home and garden are filled with the alluring and mysteriously complex fragrance of lilies. Every year I manage to make room for a few
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fragrant Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

Why is Stargazer the World’s Most Popular Lily?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 20, 2015
I have a weakness for lilies. There’s no other flower with such extravagant, exotic-looking, exquisitely formed and sweetly perfumed flowers. Though I have dozens of them in my garden, it’s never enough.  I am not alone in my affection for lilies. They’re the 4th most popular cut flower in the world, right behind roses, chrysanthemums and
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Topics: Lilies , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

New for 2015: Kaveri Oriental-Asiatic Lily

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2015
s Every new gardening season brings a flurry of new plant varieties. Sometimes there’s a real gem in that list, and for 2015 that nugget of gold is Kaveri, an exciting new type of hybrid lily that’s destined for greatness. Kaveri is an inter-species hybrid — a cross between an Oriental lily and an Asiatic lily — and it will be
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Topics: Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers


Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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