Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 3-8
- Spacing: 6-9"
- Height: 15-18"
- Blooms: early to mid summer
Border Lilies Mixture
Lilium Asiatic hybrids
Lilies are in the Liliaceae family and are native to temperate Eurasia and North America. There are over a hundred species and countless hybrids that have been developed over the years. Asiatic lilies are hardy and easy to grow. Our mixture will bloom in shades of yellow, white, pink and orange.
Lily bulbs do not have a protective tunic, or “coat," so these fragile bulbs should be planted as soon as they arrive. If unable to plant right away, store the bulbs in the refrigerator (away from fruit) or in a cool, dark place, at about 40°F. Do not allow the packing medium to dry out. Plant in a sunny area in rich, well-draining soil, 6" deep and 6-9" apart. Arrange in groupings of at least three bulbs for maximum effect.
Feed in early spring with a balanced fertilizer when new growth appears. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture, keep the roots cool and prevent weeds. Keep the mulch away from stems, as this can cause rot. When needed, water lilies early in the morning at ground level to prevent fungal diseases. Border lilies do not get very tall and generally do not require staking. Remove spent flowers to conserve the bulb’s energy and encourage more blooms the following year. Lilies multiply annually. To prevent crowding, dig and divide bulbs in the spring or early autumn every few years or when flowering decreases.
With a protective layer of mulch, Asiatic lilies are hardy to USDA zone 3.