Hello Fellow Gardeners!

I love lilies. Do you love lilies?

If you do, read on. If you don't, read on too because I'm going to convince you that you need some lilies for your garden! ;-)

There are also lots of pretty pictures of this varied and beautiful group of perennial bulbs.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Lady's Slipper Orchids



Pre-Order Now for October Pick-Up or Shipping.
We have 42 different species and cultivars of hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids available for pre-order now for fall. Fall is the best time to plant and establish these beautiful garden orchids.
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Luscious Lilies
Insert lilies into the spaces between perennials and shrubs for an extra layer of colour!

Lilies are one of those classic groups of perennials for the garden. Yet over the last few years I've sensed that they have fallen out of favour to a certain degree. Many gardeners appreciate the beauty of lilies yet lament that their bloom time is usually around 2-3 weeks rather than 2-3 months like many other modern perennials.

Now I would be the first to champion the idea of ephemeral beauty - there is something so special about something that you can only experience for a short time that you must enjoy while it is here and then spend a year waiting for the experience to come around again. In the plant world cherry blossoms come to mind or the local strawberry season or trilliums in the shade garden. How sweet are these botanical events and how fraught with delicious longing is the time we spend waiting for them to come around again?

Have I convinced you yet that lilies - though their bloom time is measured in weeks and not months -are well worth growing?


Lilium martagon hybrid 'Arabian Knight'

If I haven't convinced you yet then here's another way to think about the utility of lilies: Lilies don't need much space. In fact you need not dedicate any space to them where you would otherwise put a different type of perennial. That's because lilies can be inserted into the spaces between your existing perennials and shrubs. Their bulbs will grow happily in these spaces and their stems and flowers will rise up between and above your other plantings.

If you're following me then you'll realize that lilies, like the Allium or ornamental onions, can be used to strategically introduce an entire extra layer of colour into the garden without sacrificing any space for your Geranium 'Rozanne', your Echinacea 'PowWow Wildberry' or your Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia'. You can also insert certain lilies around your Hosta, ferns, and Brunnera. Martagon lilies and Lilium nepalense can be grown in part sun to part shade! So planting lilies in the garden can be a master stroke of design and you could be the one to do it! No need to thank me or to credit me. Take the idea and run with it.


Lilium martagon hybrid 'Manitoba Morning'

This fall we are excited to offer a cool line up of rare and unusual species, martagon and other unusual lilies for your gardening pleasure. Here they are:

Lilium 'Lady Alice' - Lilium 'Lady Alice' is an uncommon and special lily hybrid with large five inch wide down-turned flowers with reflexed petals in shades of glowing, tangerine orange and white with small, cinnamon-coloured spots. Lilies are perfect plants for layering in extra colour into perennial and shrub borders. Insert them between existing plantings and let them rise up between and above your existing plantings. Lilium 'Red Velvet' - The rich, dark red flowers of Lilium ‘Red Velvet’ are downward facing with recurved petals giving this cultivar a touch of the elegant quality of species lilies such as martagons. This lily is a triploid, making it tough as nails, and hummingbirds adore it. Asiatic lilies are unscented and grace garden beds or pots with bright, diverse colours in June. Plant in groups of 3 to 5 for best effect.
Lilium hansonii - Lilium hansonii is a fragrant species rare in cultivation, with thick, fleshy yellow flowers speckled brown. It prefers moist, dappled shade beneath deciduous trees and may vary widely in height depending on the winter. In Korea and Japan, it is known as "Gakeshima-Yuri". Known for hybridizing with Lilium martagon, it is a parent of the beloved 'Mrs RO Backhouse'. Lilium henryi - Lilium henryi has long lasting flowers in orange with maroon spotting and recurved petals. The flower stalks grow about four feet tall in the wild but may be more than 7 feet in cultivation. It is well suited to deciduous woodland conditions as the bulbs need good moisture year round. A parent to many important hybrids. The bulbs are edible for humans, but lilies are highly toxic to cats.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Arabian Knight' - 'Arabian Knight' has graceful recurved petals of yellow, rusty orange, and deep red. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Claude Shride' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Claude Shride’ has dark red to burgundy flowers with golden orange centres and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Fairy Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals. ‘Fairy Morning’ has pink buds opening to flowers offering shades of pink, peach and tangerine overlain with burgundy spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Gaybird' - Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Gaybird’ has dark pink flowers with golden centres and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Guinea Gold' - 'Guinea Gold' has graceful yellow petals, flushed in places with orange and speckled in deep red. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Manitoba Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Manitoba Morning’ has rich pink flowers with yellow and burgundy spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Peppard Gold' - 'Peppard Gold' has pink buds opening to yellow with a red flush and red speckles adding an impression of apricot. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Sunny Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Sunny Morning’ has light orange and deep orange flowers with a golden orange centre and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Terrace City' - 'Terrace City' has orange-yellow petals speckled with deep red and backed with pink, a sunny choice for the shade garden. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium nepalense - Lilium nepalense is a beautiful, rare lily with large, lime-green to yellow, bell-shaped, downward-facing, fragrant blooms with a dramatic deep burgundy throat and dark pollen. The stoloniferous bulb can travel underground but is not invasive. Widespread across the Himalayas. The trick to growing this plant treasure in our climate is to protect it from fall and winter wet - grow it outdoors under an overhang or in a well-drained bed below coniferous branches. Part shade, slightly acid soil.

These lilies are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in late September or early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


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