Big News® Oriental Lily

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.
Zones3 - 9
Advantages
bee-friendly
Bee Friendly
attract-butterflies
Attract Butterflies
attract-hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
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Deer Resistant
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Easy To Grow
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Good For Cut Flowers
fragrant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
containers
Good For Containers
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Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Moderate Rainfall
Mature Spread 48" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb per square foot
Bloom TimeSummer
Shipping DetailsNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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Item Package SizeBag of 3
SKUHC018004

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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.

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SKUHC018004
Common Name
Big News® Oriental Lily
Botanical Name
Lilium Big News®
Item Package Size
Bag of 3
Flower Color
White
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Bloom Time
Summer
Mature Height
48" tall
Bulb Spacing
1 bulb per square foot
Planting Depth
Plant 8" deep
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
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.
  • Special comments
    • 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.

    • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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