A truly beautiful lily, a customer favorite, Lilium 'Blackbird' puts on a spectacular show, adding depth and dynamic quality to any garden. The deep red, three to six inch blooms make a great companion for roses, cone flowers, and other lilies.
The striking deep red of these blooms is satin shaded and speckled in black, reminiscent of a blackbird's feathers in the sunlight, a very interesting effect. They are also very easy to care for, resistant to cold, heat, disease, and pests.
This lily requires moist, well-drained, nutrient rich soil. It may be necessary to use an all-purpose fertilizer with every other watering, especially if you are growing in a container. This plant also requires full sunlight, and may not respond well to being indoors. A grow light or bright window might be necessary to grow Blackbird as a houseplant.
I love even, soothing plantings. I love a garden full of small delights. Very often, though, what a garden needs to really spice it up is something absolutely stunning, a plant that you absolutely can’t ignore. For a real centerpiece, Lilies are some of the very best. Quality lilies feature lots of well-formed, interesting blooms in a range of colors and color patterns. Their upright, regal habit draws the eye and easily complements other plantings. The foliage is generally lovely and complementary, too.
With the variety of Lilies that are available, there are many directions you can go with them. Mass plantings create a strong effect, but so too can a single plant, or even several peppered throughout a garden. The large, pure white of the ‘Casa Blanca’s’ blooms add elegance, as does the much sought-after Lily ‘Silk Road.’ As for me, though, I’m an absolute sucker for Tiger Lilies, and the double-flowered ‘Flore Peno’ Tiger Lily can’t be beat for a unique, eye-catching exhibit. I’ve had one of these beautiful plants adding tropical interest to my garden for years now, and it never fails to amaze me when the blooms come in late summer.
With a range of hybrid varieties to rival any plant family on the market, lilies are ever popular and ever stunning. There are so many varieties, with new items available almost daily, that it is hard to pick a favorite. There is a lily for everybody.
The name is often borrowed, calla lily, day lily, water lily and even some trees call their flowers lily, but the lilium family has plenty of variety on its own. A few new varieties that are getting a lot of attention are the Oriental Lily Muscadet, which is on sale at Wayside Gardens today, and Lilium Pardalinum, a brand new bright red panther lily.
Lilies are usually hardy from zones 5 to 8, but many varieties will survive in warmer or colder regions. They usually bloom through the summer, and prefer part shade to full sun. Lilies usually have large flowers, and they prefer normal, well-drained soil. They are relatively easy to care for, and the spectacular blooms are very rewarding.
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