How to Pick the Right Summer Flower Bulb for You : Understand Lily Bulbs

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Hi, I'm Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of ExpertVillage.

Lilies are one of the prima donnas of the gardening world.

They come back everysummer and delight us with their color and their fragrance, and they make us really realizewhat gardening's all about.

This is it! On a hot summer day, just sitting back and smellingyour Casa Blancas blooming — they're the highlight of any summer picnic party.

Let'slearn a little bit more about lilies.

So, lilies are native to the Cascade mountainranges of America, so a lot of the lilies that we find today in our gardens are descendantsof those lilies.

They've been crossed with fragrant lilies from Japan and China.

So mostlilies of the world either come from the west coast of America, or China, or Japan.

Nowlily bulbs look just like a garlic clove; in fact, garlic is really a lily.

So, I wouldn'tsplit it up when I plant it, just because it takes up to 7 years for one little cloveto develop enough to become a mother plant that will bloom.

Whereas, if you leave thisone, every year a stalk will come out of the middle.

This is a Casa Blanca lily bulb, itcould be up to 5 feet, 6 feet tall with huge white blooms on it, great for a moon gardenas well.

And they just are beautiful, beautiful plants, and when planting them, they'll dogreat in containers or the yard, so I always plant them, like a large lily, maybe 1 or3 in a pot, just because when they bloom, they get so big, and you don't want to pusheach other out.

So I just kind of plant them about 3, 4, 5 inches deep, set it in sun orpart shade.

But I'm really getting to the point with my lilies when we're getting thesehot 100-degree days, sometimes they'll get sunburned, so if you've got a place with alittle bit of filtered shade or next to the fence where the sun hits in the afternoonand it doesn't quite shade that area, those are the ideal spots to put your lilies.

That'sa little bit of an overview about lilies.

Join us in our next segment as we continueon the different types of lilies.

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