Thursday, May 22, 2014

Asiatic or Oriental Lily ?

Carrel asked me the difference between the Asiatic and the Oriental lily. I did not know, so I went to  Google.  Asiatic lily can be short, no scent, multiplies quickly and blooms early.  Oriental lilies blooms later in the summer and multiplies slowly.  They are more tender.  Cassa Blanca, a tall white lily and  has a scent, is an Oriental lily.   The Star Gazer lily has a wonderful fragrance.   I ordered the Star Gazer and some Asiatic lilies but the Star Gazer and Casa Blanca have not come up, they are slow to root.

This is an Asiatic lily.  Very first to bloom, short, has no scent and multiplied from one to at  least  ten in three years.  Asiatic.


This lily I bought planted in Carrel's yard.  It multiplied we dug it up and I put some in mine.  Multiplied quickly, second to bloom, about three feet tall, no scent.  Asiatic? Yes.  We had some ladies to come by to see our yard.  They had been here about two weeks before and Carrel invited them to come back after the roses had bloomed.  They want some of these pink lilies,  I am going to give them some oranges on also.  And all my friends on face book.

This next lily I showed on face book and called it an Asiatic lily.  A friend said she thought  Asiatic lilies were  short.  These lilies I am showing have none of the characteristics of the Oriental lily.  I bought three blubs of this lily in 2009.  It was taking over the inside of my orange bed.  Carrel dug it up in 2012.  I took three for two beds, that me keep six.  Carrel planted the rest  about nine inches apart in his twenty four  foot bed.  Now in the space he planted one now is about ten.  They are about six foot tall, has bloomed early, has no scent and certainly has multiplied.  This is my Orange bed.  The rose is Vavoom.   Asiatic lily ?  Yes.

This is how many bulbs are now where only one was planted.  

This is a side view of a twenty four foot bed.  I would not even try to count the lilies that has come from  just three  lily bulbs.

I hope you have enjoyed this new page I have added to my blog.   Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom, hope you are growing one of you own.  Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I.

Two more lilies have opened up.

 Look close and you will see another lily beside this one the leaves are different.  I plant another Casa Blanca since my others died.  this may be another way to the two lilies are different.  the leaves on the Oriental are bigger .

Another lily opened on May 25,2014.

This is an Asiatic lily I planted this spring.  I bought it from Breck;s Nursery.  I tried yo get close to show you it blooms from the top.  It is called Eyeliner because of the fine line around the edge of the lily.


  1. They're beautiful from every angle but I really like seeing the whole bed with all those colors!

  2. Thank you. We love color, but I dread digging up all those bulbs.