Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Bulbs
Martagon lilies are a great addition to the garden as they are easy to grow and low maintenance. Although not very fast to multiply they are very long lived and tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions.
Blooming later that other species they offer interest from June into July and average 30 or more Turk's-cap flowers per raceme. Their preference is to be in a humus rich, alkaline soil, in open shade, but will tolerate full sun and even clay type soils as long as they have adequate drainage.
They make for great naturalizers in the woodland garden but are more than sophisticated enough to make a home in a more formal setting. Height: varies Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 3
Lilium martagon x ‘Akimina’
Elegant selection having dark pink buds that open to flowers of a light creamy yellow speckled with a few maroon spots toward the center. Each scented flower is slightly recurved with contrasting light green nectaries and golden orange pollen; Blooms in June. Height: 1m
Lilium martagon x ‘Claude Shride’
An absolute favorite among martagonaholics having ruffled, semi-reflexed petals of pure deep maroon to mahogany with few yellow-orange spots. A strong grower having dark racemes of numerous (30+), lightly fragrant flowers; Blooms in June. Height: 1.25-1.75m
Lilium martagon x ‘Guinea Gold’
Pink buds open to lightly scented buttercup yellow flowers infused with golden orange; each semi-reflexed petal is dotted with brown spots. Reliably strong grower and floriferous; 30 or more flowers per stem. Later flowering; Blooms from June into July. Height: 1.25-1.5m
Lilium martagon x ‘Orange Marmalade’
Striking lily with tall dark stems clothed in star-shaped, outward facing, slightly recurved flowers. Blooms are unspotted and a smoky burnt orange in colour with matching orange nectaries. Floriferous, lightly scented and pollen free. Late June into July. Height: 1.25-1.5m
Lilium martagon f. roseum
A form of the species displaying Turk's-cap flowers with wild rose pink tones and dark spotting. Can take a little longer than the hybrids to become established. Floriferous and fragrant. June flowering. Height: 1-1.5m
Lilium martagon var. album
Charming species from Europe with dainty flowers of pure white with the typical reflexed petals. Very floriferous with up to 60 florets per stem on established plants; scented. Can take a little longer than other forms to become settled in. flowers in June. Height: 1-1.5m
Many of these varieties are available at Arts Nursery now (June 2014) and are in bud or bloom. Call ahead 604.882.1201 to confirm availability or drop by and treat yourself to a treasure today!