Using Lilies

Plant lilies in groups to show them off at their best. They go well with ferns, whose feathery foliage hides brown, dying Lily foliage later in the season. Other good perennial companions include columbines, delphiniums, and shallow-rooted groundcovers such as lamium, pinks and veronicas.

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There's nothing more stunning than a vase of freshly cut lilies. Cut them for indoor display in the early morning, with a clean, sharp knife. Plunge them into a pail of warm water for several hours or overnight. When you've arranged them in their container, add a teaspoon of sugar per quart of water in the container to prolong freshness.

Container Gardening
Lilies are excellent choices for containers, which you can move wherever you want them. Grow them in containers 8 to 18 inches in diameter and at least 10 inches deep. Put a layer of coarse sand or pebbles in the bottom of the container for drainage, plant the bulbs in groups of 3 or more, and cover them with enriched soil. See Growing Plants In Containers and Containers For Plants in Yardener’s Tool Shed.

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