Lilies – Living History – The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum

Lilies

Lilies provide fragrance and colour in early summer and bloom at the same time as roses and lavender.

Regale lilies Lilium regale have been in western gardens since the early 1900s, and this beautiful trumpet lily is famous, fragrant and long-lasting.

Regale lilies Lilium regale have been in western gardens since the early 1900s.

Aurelian trumpet lilies Lilium aurelianense were developed in the mid-1950s in the USA. They are sturdy, fragrant and available in a range of colours.

Good examples include the smoky pink ‘Pink Perfection’, light yellow ‘Golden Splendour’, and gold with caramel streaks ‘African Queen’.

Lily ‘Pink Perfection’

 

Lily ‘Golden Splendour’

 

Lily ‘African Queen’

Trumpet lilies have traditionally been planted with roses and are easy to grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil in full or part sun.

They are hardy in Zones 6–8; Cortes Island is in Zone 7B.

Day Lilies

Other beautiful lily forms in the Heritage Garden are daylilies which are herbaceous perennials rather than grown from a bulb. These lilies were found in many homestead gardens as they are hardy, spread generously and are easy to grow. The  Tawny Orange Day Lily Hemerocallis fulva and the double daylily Hemerocallis fulva ‘Kwanso’ contribute to the burst of colour in early summer in many island gardens. Daylilies grow well in full sun or part shade in well-drained soil and are hardy in Zones 3–9.

Tawny Orange Day Lily Hemerocallis fulva

 

Double daylily Hemerocallis fulva ‘Kwanso’

Donna McLaren

Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society Board Member and manages the Heritage Garden.
Donna McLaren

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