With towering stems and bright white trumpet-shaped flowers, 'Big News' Oriental Lily (Lilium orientalis) adds an elegant presence to the summer garden. With huge flowers up to 12 inches across and a sweet, rich fragrance, it’s impossible to miss. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies love the blooms, and they make lovely cut flowers too. It’s easy to grow and deer resistant. Blooming in mid-to-late summer, they will add a sweet surprise to a sunny setting.
Showy 'Big News' Oriental Lily (Lilium orientalis) has it all with towering stems and white trumpet-shaped flowers. Plant them in a full sun location in well-draining soil – they won’t tolerate soggy roots.Add some compost or organic fertilizer when planting. A good way to grow ‘Big News’ is to let it grow up among other perennials or shrubs, so that its root area is shady and moist while its blooms can have 6-8 hours of sun per day. This also gives the large plant support and makes for a wonderful summer surprise when they flower. Great in containers too, they don’t mind crowding and will scent an entire patio or deck with sweet perfume. Long-lasting as cut flowers, pick them when the buds are colored, and the bottom flower is just beginning to open. Snip out the stamens so they don’t stain your tablecloth.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
Lilium (Lily) - a huge genus of bulbous plants native primarily to the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Although there are some sub-tropical species. The three biggest groups commonly grown include the Asiatic, Oriental and native North American species. The care of all three is similar.
Preferred growing conditions
Plant in a fast draining, compost enriched garden loam with full sun or a half day of partial sun. Lilies prefer slightly acid soil and are not a good choice for highly alkaline western soils unless you're willing to regularly acidify the soil with soil sulfur. Avoid clay unless amply amended with ample compost to improve drainage.
Mulch with commonly available mulch materials to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Cool, moist soil is essential for optimum growth and flowering of lilies.
Lilies prefer consistent moist soil and need regular irrigation when conditions are dry. They don't like to dry out, but are prone to rot if their planting site is in a depression and accumulates water after a good rain.
Deadheading keeps the plants looking tidy and help them conserve energy for bulb growth and not seed production. But it will not bring them back into bloom.
Fertilize generously in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This can be repeated in late spring to help build humus levels in their soil.
Oriental lilies are very fragrant, while Asian lilies are not.
Some of the taller varieties may require staking in windy climates, as they can get up to 6 ft. tall and be top heavy with lots of flowers.
Cut back to just above ground level in late fall or early spring.
Mulch heavily with a 2 to 3 inch layer in late fall as the soil begins to freeze. This is especially important when planting new bulbs in zone 3 and 4 climates. If snow cover is not dependable, make fall mulching a regular practice.
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