Lilies for colour

Most lilies prefer abundant sunshine, provided their roots can remain in the shade. They are ideal for planting in groups, but prior selection for colour, height and growth habit are important if the desired effect is to be achieved. The yellow, orange-yellow, orange-red, and vermilion-flowering lilies give emphasis. The Golden Chalice hybrids are recommended if dwarfer plants are needed, and for taller plants one or another of the great number of Mideentury hybrids are most suitable – Destiny, for instance , a strong chrome-yellow, upright-flowering cup lily which grows to a height of 3-4 feet, or Croesus of the same height and form but with clear, golden-yellow flowers. Harmony, although only 20-36 inches high, gives beautiful, orange-yellow flowers. Gold-yellow Joan Evans is another excellent hybrid. Nasturtium-red Enchantment is unsurpassed for producing a good colour effect from the distance. Cinnabar is an equally strong eye-catcher with a deep, glowing, fire-red flower. Darker red Tabasco is a little more subdued, but, like the others, grows 2-4 feet high.

The number of lilies which can be used for group planting is legion. There are many varieties in addition to those from de Graaff – for instance varieties from Skinner of Canada, such as Amaryllis, Azalia, Cardinal, Goldcrest, Grace Marshall, Lemon Lady and especially Dunkirk with 30 or more shiny red blooms per stem.

Dr S. L. Emsweller’s deep-coloured hybrids must also be included: deep gold-yellow Cavalier; Mountaineer, with dark-red flowers; and the slightly shorter, soft-orange Brandy wine; also profusely flowering Fire King, with deep-red, outward-facing flowers.

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