Lilies in Bloom

July 31, 2014

The genus Lilium is one of our priorities for conservation and study.  Last year (2013) we initiated a collaborative study with Prof. William Miller of Cornell University to assess the garden performance of selected lily cultivars that have previously shown some potential as perennial garden plants in different parts of the USA.  Although planted late in the season, during one of the hottest days of last summer, the lilies grew respectably in the shortened season, survived the coldest winter in the last 20 years and this summer have delighted us with a spectacular display of flowers.  It is clear that lilies deserve more extensive use in our gardens and we hope to make a case for this in years to come as we look to have Lilium as a genus-of-the-year.