African Queen Trumpet Lily
This item is available for purchase in early May. Shipping of this product begins in mid-September.Very fragrant peachy-orange flowers have gorgeous maroon stripes on the outside of the petals. Trumpet Lilies have a fabulously elongated cup and with just the tips of the petals reflexing, the result is a perfect imitation of a trumpet. Often the detailing on the outer surface of the petals is even more beautiful than the interior of the flower. Fragrant and easy to grow, they will increase in size and beauty each season. Bulb size 16-18cm.
Plant Lily bulbs as soon as possible. Lilies can be planted in your garden in very early spring or up to a month before soil freeze-up. Do not allow the bulbs to dry out before planting. Space bulbs 6" apart and 6" deep (or 3 times the thickness of the bulb), preferably in groups of 3-6. The tallest varieties belong at the back of the border and may need staking.
All lilies must have excellent drainage. They thrive where they get full sun on their tops but will also adapt to light shade. Plant them among leafy perennials, annuals or ground cover to keep the roots cool in summer. A 2" deep mulch is also helpful. All lilies benefit from extra water during dry spells. Remove spent flowers but do not cut stalks after blooming; wait until the foliage has turned yellow. The foliage of adjacent perennials can camouflage the ripening process.
Asiatic lilies increase quickly and may need dividing when the clumps become crowded or too large for their space. To divide them, lift the entire clump in fall after the foliage has died, pry the bulbs apart and reset them.