Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Southern Magnolia

Magnolia blossom- photo by Dawn Gagnon

This is the queen of all flowering trees. A common fixture in the south and in many southern landscapes, the Magnolia is a magnificent giant flowering tower capable of reaching nearly a hundred feet in height. One of the largest blooming trees around, the Magnolia is slow growing, and able to produce dozens of dinner plate sized, fragrant blossoms during the summer months.
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Once the flowering season is done, the blossoms leave behind large pods that produce brightly colored red seeds. Birds and squirrels are particularly fond of these and having a Magnolia in your landscape will definitely attract wildlife. If you love supplying wildlife with a great source of shelter and food, the Magnolia fills the bill.
 Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflo...Image via Wikipedia
Lumber from all three species is referred to as “magnolia”, and can be found in some types of furniture, boxes, pallets, venetian blinds, sashes, doors and used as veneers. Southern magnolia has yellowish-white sapwood and light to dark brown heartwood that is tinted yellow or green. The wood has a straight grain and tightly space rings and is an attractive choice for veneers.

Magnolia grandiflora 'Goliath', known...Image via Wikipedia
The wood is ranked moderate in heaviness, hardness and stiffness; moderately low in shrinkage, bending and compression strength; it is ranked moderately high in shock resistance. Its use in the southeastern United States has been supplanted by the availability of harder woods. Symbolic of the south, the Magnolia grandiflora is the state tree of Mississippi and the state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. The flower was also used as an emblem of the Confederate army in the US civil war.
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Southern magnolia grows in warm temperate to semitropical climates. Average January temperatures along the coast are around 50° to 55° F in South Carolina. Temperatures below 15° F or above 100° F are considered unusual within the species natural habitat. A well established and healthy southern Magnolia can often withstand more extremes in temperatures than the younger ones.
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Because of its showy flowers and big glossy evergreen foliage, southern magnolia is considered by many to be a highly prized tree. That being said, don't expect grand results for many years if you are purchasing one. It takes a long time for the to fully reach their glory in size, and flower production. However there are many who consider the tree a nuisance due to the fact it's leaves are very bothersome as mentioned earlier the large older trees drop leaves (many) and the seed pods in great numbers and can cover a massive portion of the yard it is planted in.
Magnolia blossom- photo by Dawn Gagnon
photo by Dawn Gagnon

In many urban areas where other species do poorly, the Magnolia can grow because of its resistance to damage by sulfur dioxide. The seeds are eaten by squirrels, opossums, quail, and turkey. Red Cardinals particularly love the seeds produced by this tree. Once a Magnolia has been established in your yard, it will withstand anything nature can throw at it. These trees are tall, strong, and require little care. Just make sure you have a're going to need it.
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The Magnolia is a tree that speaks to southerners on a deep level, it not only is a symbol of the south to many, but there is something about it's strong willed, defiant nature that seems to almost define the southern constitution, and our southern men. Its beauty and sinfully subtle fragrance lingers a hint of our southern belles. The southern Magnolia is a piece of living history, and should be respected as such.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Zone 8 gardening tips for Autumn

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If you live in South Carolina you know that the cooler weather is all but here. Many of us
spend a good deal of time and money winterizing our homes, however, our gardens, even in zone
8 need some winterizing and planning ahead too. Here's a few tips for tending to your zone 8 garden and lawn right now before winter sets in.

Start covering your perennial varieties of bulbs and also strawberries now in their beds for the winter.
Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs
During the cooler months, it is an ideal time to go ahead and either plant
grass or make improvements to lawns.
If you enjoy ornamental grasses like Pampas or other varieties, now in zone 8 is the time to
get it in the ground.Grass Garden at Kew. Kew Gardens are mainly la...Image via Wikipedia
Winter perennials that bloom should be planted now.
Plant bare root roses, trees and shrubs right now to ensure they winter over in your yard.
If you have a vegetable garden going and are interested in planting a winter veggie crop now is the time to put those seedlings in the ground.
For a list of some interesting plants for zone 8, check out HGTV's link.

For more on Southern gardening, see: The Southern Garden
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Slugs in the Garden

Garden slugsImage via WikipediaThis is just a quick tip and for many people with a garden in South Carolina and elsewhere this may be old news. However, there is always the novice gardener to think about and passing on good information on gardening is what a good gardener does.

One pest that may slither into your garden is the slug. There are a ton of  plants a garden slug love to munch on such as Hostas, and many low growing leafy plants. However a slug will climb to any height to satisfy their late night cravings. Ways to know if you have a slug infestation is the key in knowing the best way to get rid of them or at least keep them from doing too much damage.  The tell tale damage of slug damage is smooth edged holes on the leaves and fruit of your plant. Since there are a few other pests that also leave holes, slugs leave a silvery, trail on the ground around the base of the plant.

If you still aren't sure, one sure way to detect the presence is via setting an easy trap for them. There are many ways but this one is pretty much no fail confirmation, and once set will catch many. Simply take a small container fill it with beer, some advise using only "stale" beer but I have found fresh beer works just as well. Pour into your small container just enough to fill in half to three quarters of the way from the top edge.  Put the container down into the mulch or soil around the base of plants that you suspect slugs have been eating on and make sure to place a twig or a large leaf on the edge of the container, so the slug can easily climb right in. Sort of a beer pool that the slug can dive into. The leaf or twig serves as a ramp for the slug to slither into your trap. The slug will go right into the beer and there he will die a happy death. There is no escaping for the inebriated slimer.

That is one safe method, and some others swear by using a glass container filled with cornmeal which you simple turn on its side at the base of the plant. The slugs will slither inside and eat the cornmeal. They will die after eating. Using natural safe ways to combat pests in the garden assures you of  keeping the wanted visitors safe as well. Give these two tips a try and see how they work for you.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lovely Hydrangeas for your garden

Hydrangea Tree
© Dawn Gagnon Photography 2014

One drive through any South Carolina neighborhood and you are sure to see one flowering shrub during the summer months that stands out, the Hydrangea.  With massive, vibrant blossoms that range in color from white, to blue to violet and pink, there are few show stoppers that can rival this plant in full bloom. Many are under the impression that the Hydrangea is a native flowering plant from the south, however its true origins are native to southern and eastern Asia and North and South America. 
© Dawn Gagnon Photography 2013

White Hydrangea Blossoms
© Dawn Gagnon Photography
One may assume because they see so many Hydrangeas thriving that the Hydrangea plant is an easy one to grow. To some extent the plant is easy to grow, however like many flowering shrubs, the Hydrangea has its preferences and must be “happy” where it is planted to do well.  Hydrangeas are full sun to partial shade plants that seem to prefer moist, well-drained soil.  Tip: For those living in the south, the Hydrangea seems to enjoy similar soils that the Azalea enjoys, although the Hydrangea can use a bit more sunshine than shade loving Azaleas.

© Dawn Gagnon Photography

Organic matter incorporated into the soil helps the Hydrangea thrive. The Hydrangea is a welcome sight in the summer months and enjoys growing in zones 5-9, however some types can tolerate zone 2 as well. The plant itself can grow fairly large so always factor in the placement of this beautiful addition to your garden, it needs plenty of spread room. The level of acidity in the soil affects the coloration of the blooms of the Hydrangea, typically, an acidic soil produces blue blooms, while a more alkaline soil yields a pink blossom. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

How to keep your lawn green naturally

Homeowners are encouraged to test their soils ...Image via WikipediaSouth Carolina has hot, humid weather during the summer, and also can have weeks between good soaking rains to help with our lawns. Some times the homeowner has to kick in where mother nature stops and help their grass along. If you are having trouble with the grass in your yard, you will want to see this site, Carolina Lawns. This site has a wealth of information on how to care for your lawn and even
information on specific types of grass you may have in your yard.

1. Grass needs an inch of rain weekly to maintain optimal appearance and health. Set sprinkler systems on a timer for the morning hours or use sprinklers to give a deep soak. Watering manually with the use of a hose and sprayer will not allow adequate water to soak into the soil where the
grasses roots are.

2. Keep lawn mower blades sharpened to prevent disease and injury to the grass blades. A sharp cut reduces the grasses vulnerability to disease and pests.

3. Use organic fertilizer a few times a year. A few inches of compost applied in the Spring and Fall will give your grass the extra boost and health it will need.

4. If your grass looks in bad shape it could be a ph level problem. Check your grasses ph level, anything below 6.0 needs to be amended using Lime. If it is higher than
7.0, you may need to sulfur to bring it down to the proper ph.

5. Grass needs the clippings left over from mowing to help keep the soil moist and cool. Grass clippings are a natural mulch for your grass.

6. Never cut your grass too short especially during hot months. Grass that is cut too short can be scorched by the sun, and also exposes the root system that is close to the
surface of the ground.

7. Yellow or bleached spots could be from pets. When you notice these areas, make sure to water them even between regular watering to dilute the effects of animal urine. The salt
content is usually the reason for the yellowed areas.

8. Soil Aeration is a good way to loosen compacted soil. If your soil has a high clay content there is a good chance that it has compacted soil. Compacted soil will choke grass roots a
and stop water, fertilizer and root growth from benefitting the grass. Lawn aerators can be purchased from garden centers and some can attach to your lawn mower. If you don't want to invest in
one, you can sometimes rent them for a small fee.
For additional lawn care, see: How to change stubborn lawnmower blades, or visit The Southern Garden for more tips.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mulching your summer garden

South Carolina environments can either be a plants best friend or worst enemy depending on what type of soil you have. Making amendments to your soil may be the only way to yield any good results from your growing efforts. There are many types of mulch that is available free or for purchase for you southern garden.

Bark Mulch
Shredded wood used as mulch. This type of mulc...Image via WikipediaThis type of mulch typically has to be purchased somewhere and although it comes in a wide variety of colors to aesthetically enhance your garden it does have a few draw backs. Bark mulch is fairly pricey, doesn't decompose as quickly as some. Some types of bark/wood mulch can attract pests such as roaches and termites. Make sure not to place it too close to your homes foundation. Bark mulch is also susceptible to molds and fungus that could if touching the base of your plant kill it.

Pine Straw
Pine needles used as mulch. Also called "...Image via WikipediaPine straw mulch has been a southern favorite for many many years throughout the south. It is lightweight, easy to use, is readily available and allows for air circulation. As time goes by pine straw breaks down rather quickly and decomposed into the soil requiring more applications. Like bark mulches pine straw does harbor insects, and it is not uncommon to find roaches and other types of pests underneath a batch of pine straw.

Synthetic mulch
Synthetic mulches retain their color, come in a wide variety of colors and do not decompose over time like organic mulch. Ideally suited for beds that are close to the foundation of your home due to inability to rot or mold. Black plastic landscaping material is great up against the home, and placing synthetic mulch that mimics shredded bark mulch is a great choice. As with any type of plastic, it can become very hot in summer so make sure there are sufficient holes to allow for rain and airflow. With vegetable gardens, it is generally best to avoid synthetic mulches since there is ongoing debate on the chemicals of synthetic mulch leaching into the ground and because they are not biodegradable, there is no telling where it could end up years down the road.

Gravel and stone mulch
GravelImage by James Bowe via FlickrPossibly the best choice for overall weed suppression especially if used in conjunction with plastic landscape fabric underneath. Stone may absorb heat on the top, but usually maintain a cool temperature underneath. Make sure to use porous landcaping fabric. If water is puddling anywhere in the bed, you may not have enough holes, add some easily with a pitch fork or other garden tool.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A look at the Carolina Jessamine

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One trip to South Carolina during the late months of December through April, and you will notice a delicate yellow flower on a very vigorous vine, the sweet smelling wild Jessamine, South Carolina's own state flower. Whether it is clinging to a pine tree in the forest, or completely covering an old fence post, one thing is obvious, this plant is a symbol of perseverance.

Adopted officially as the South Carolina state flower by the General Assembly in 1924, the yellow Jessamine was found a deserving representative of the South Carolina landscape.
The vine sap, and nectar of this beautiful wild growing vine has toxins similar in molecular structure to strychnine related alkaloids and no part of the plant should be consumed. In spite of that, it is harvested for its perfume, which is quite difficult to reproduce otherwise, and some herbalists use the plant for ailments of varying descriptions.

Mocking birds love the heavily intertwined nature of the stems from this vine and set up nests in them regularly. It is a popular flower in gardens in the south east and make excellent fence covers, it will readily climb trellis's, arbors and walls. It can be an effective means for deterring deer as they will not consume the plant. When planted around fencing it will discourage deer from coming onto the property to consume vegetables and fruit.

A note from the author: I grew up picking, smelling and giving bouquets of these lovely flowers to my mother from out of the woods behind our home. Not once did I ever get any skin irritations, or suffer any ill effects from this plant. Therefore, I would not worry greatly about having this lovely sweet smelling plant in my own yard. With a little caution and common sense this can be a lovely addition to many landscapes.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Create a “Memory garden” for Mother's Day

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Mothers rarely expect expensive gifts on Mother's Day. Most mothers really just want some of your time. However with Spring in full bloom in South Carolina, adding lovely things to your mom's garden might be a wonderful gesture, a constant reminder of your love. Planting and gardening together may be a great way to start a lovely tradition that the whole family can participate in and enjoy.
Starting a “memory garden” for your mom that the whole family can contribute to every year is a fun and warm way to spend time with mom. You can even improve on a garden mom already has established. Whether it is Mother's day, mom's birthday, Christmas or any other occasion or anniversary, your mom will love seeing the “memory garden” you and your family create over the years. Be sure to use low maintenance plants, so it will be easy for mom to maintain and make sure to stop by occasionally and help tend to it.
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There are plenty of wonderful shops that specialize in wonderful gardening items in South Carolina. For a full list of wonderful nurseries from all over South Carolina, see : The Helpful Gardener. For a list of wonderful ways to make mom's garden beautiful check out these suggestions:

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  1. Jackson and Perkins gift certificates- Mom will love being able to use her gift  certificate to purchase some of the beautiful roses, flowers, and garden accents from Jackson and Perkins. Jackson and Perkins is world renowned for their spectacular roses and if you visit Edisto Memorial Gardens during the month of May, you will be able to see Jackson and Perkins roses growing in one of their many official test gardens.
  2. Spring Hill Nurseries- One great source of giving a living gift to your mom and making a memory garden is by visiting Spring Hill Nurseries online and taking a look at the customer rated flowering trees. Flowering trees are beautiful to look at and mom will enjoy your contribution to her memory garden. Spring Hill has great prices and tons of information, and delivery available so you can give your mom a great gift any time of year.A trellis for plantsImage via Wikipedia
  3. Herbs in a pot- If your mom has limited space consider a container garden that will be easy to maintain and can be replenished regularly. There's nothing like a home cooked meal flavored with herbs cut fresh from your garden. The best part is that you don’t need to cultivate an entire backyard plot to grow enough herbs to use in meals – a simple container on a deck or patio can provide herbs all season, as you need them. Here’s how to create an herb container garden. Read more here: Herbs in a Pot
    Brookgreen Gardens - sculpture gardenImage via Wikipedia For more gardening suggestions and inspiration, see: The Southern Garden.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Stella D'Oro lily: a keeper for your southern garden

Daylily - Stella de OroImage via WikipediaA South Carolina garden would not be complete with out including this wonderful daylily. The gorgeous, fragrant Stella D'Oro daylily is a keeper. This compact bloomer offers year after year beautiful gold trumpets of fragrance. It does best  in sunny to partially shaded locations. It is also a versatile grower, and can do well in zones 3-9. With such flexibility, the Stella D'Oro can do well in many areas of the United States. Disease and pest free, it is a no fail plant for even the palest of green thumbs.

Here is the run down on this wonderful lily and why you need them in your garden this summer.

Botanical Name: Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 15 - 24"
Spread: 18 - 24"
Spacing: 18 - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9(-40° F)
Foliage Type: Strap like, medium green. Dormant in winter.
Flower Form: Trumpet-shaped 2 - 3" flowers.
Flower Color: Deep, golden yellow

Flowering Date: Peak in late spring/early summer, sporadically throughout the summer with a heavier repeat bloom in fall

Planting Requirements: Able to plant anytime the ground is workable. At least one month before a severe freeze going into winter.

Soil Requirements: Adaptable to most soils except water-logged heavy soil.
Growth Rate: Fast
Unique Characteristics: Showy, deep golden yellow blooms on dwarf day lily plants are perfect for a front border location. The initial blooming begins in late spring to early summer with a profusion of blooms followed by sporadic blooming throughout summer and into early fall.

Pruning: To remove spent flower stems to tidy up plants.

Time of Pruning: Throughout the summer.

Additional Information: Stella d' Oro translates to 'star of gold'. 1985 Stout Medal Winner, the highest award for a day lily. If you like to order online, you can find great deals from Spring Hill Nursery. Spring Hill Nursery is currently offering a deal on all orders of $100.00 or more, a free Perennial grab bag. Check it out today!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The carefree Peony for your southern garden

English: Pink Peony with water drops on it fro...Image via WikipediaEnglish: White peony flower Русский: Цветок бе...Image via WikipediaPaeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty' flower.Image via WikipediaPaeonia lactiflora cultivar. Photograph of one...Image via WikipediaPeoniesImage via WikipediaPink Peony (Paeonia lactiflora cultivar)Image via WikipediaSouth Carolina gardens can be a challenge for many, finding the right plants for the environment that can tolerate drought, heat and a lot of sun is a top priority. However, with a little care and diligence there are great choices that can work in the southern zone 8 growing area. Peonies are big and showy bushes with beautiful vibrant flowers.

They are long lived perennials that require minimum care, do well in zones 3-8, and can live in partial shade to full sun. The other wonderful feature of these flowers is their delightful fragrance, making them one of the best choices for your South Carolina perennial garden. Three great choices for your southern garden:

Sorbet Peony
The unusual pink and white 5-7" double blooms of this hybrid are as delectable as an elegant dessert. Fragrant flowers provide breathtaking beauty in early summer, and handsome foliage turns red in fall. Bushy plants grow up to 4' tall and require no care. Space 36" apart. Does best in full sun to part shade. #1 field-grown plants. Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sorbet’.

Taki Peony
For many generations, captivating, carefree peonies have been the pride of spring gardens throughout America. These luscious, full, multi-petaled flowers have a delightful fragrance, are exquisite in any garden and provide long-lasting beauty for your late spring bouquets. After they bloom, you’ll enjoy the lovely emerald foliage as a shapely 24-30" hedge. These hardy plants are easy to grow and can be left undisturbed for years. Plant 24-30" apart. Choose from three popular varieties. Does best in full sun to part shade. #1 field-grown plants. Zones 3-8. PaeoniaPaeoni

Paeonia lactiflora 'Gay Paree'Image via WikipediaGay Paree Peony
Pink-raspberry blossoms with fluffy white centers atop sturdy 30-36" tall stems in early summer. Fragrant and romantic, they are amazing when grouped in borders or bouquets. #1 field-grown plants. Paeonia ‘Gay Paree’.
To order these online I suggest checking out Springhill Nursery.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Top three flowering plants for your southern garden

The Knockout rose, a great choice for disease resistance

South Carolina has a long growing season, and Spring starts off with a burst of color in most landscapes. Cherry trees, Bradford Pears, Dogwoods, and Azaleas dominate most gardens in the south in  early Spring. There is one flower that is quite a challenge in most gardens, even in the south, and  that is roses. High temperatures, drought, and  humid nights, often prove to be the enemy when growing roses. Finding one that is a good fit for your yard is important. The Knockout rose may the one of the best to meet this challenge.

Continue reading on The Knock out rose

Encore Azaleas, a bloom for all seasons

Gorgeous pink AzaleasGorgeous pink Azaleas (Photo credit: dawnella66)

 Encore Azaleas are the perfect new solution for more blooms throughout the season. Sold in most gardening centers, it is more cold tolerant, adaptable to its environment and blooms up to nine months a year. This is a great improvement over the regular Azalea which only blooms three weeks out of the entire year.

Flowers and leaves of Lantana camaraImage via Wikipedia

 Lantana are beautiful and great for covering bare spots in any garden setting. They have vivid colors and can tolerate harsh growing conditions often seen in the south. Heat, and drought do not seem to affect this plant and they have a pungent aroma to boot. Bright colors of yellow, orange and red, among others will set your garden off and once they are planted, very little worry is in order. They will come back year after year and do their part in your garden to make it lovely. Butterflies will love this addition to your yard as well.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Great lilies to plant in your southern garden

Description: Panther lily (Lilium pardalinum) ...Image via Wikipedia

South Carolina has an ideal environment for planting many different species and types of lilies. These varieties listed below are also well suited for planting zones 4 , up to 9 making them lovely and ideal choices to plant this Spring in your garden for years of enjoyment.

Dreamcatcher Carpet Lily 

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Dreamcatcher Carpet Lily is more compact version of taller Lilies.  It is ideally grown in containers and along borders in your yard. Every year the plants produce more flowers than they year

Botanical Name:
Lilium 'Dreamcatcher'
Hardy bulb
Sun Exposure: 
Partial Shade/Full Sun
15 - 18"
6 - 9"
6 - 9"
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 (-40° F)
Foliage Type: Dark green, lance shaped, 3-4" long in whorls around sturdy stems.
Flower Form: 
Full upright flowers. Several flowers per stem.
Flower Color: 
Flowering Date:
Early to mid summer
Planting Requirements:
In the garden, 5-6" deep and 9-12" apart. In pots and containers 5-6" deep and 5" apart.
Soil Requirements: 
Prefers well-drained soil but will tolerate heavier soils.
Growth Rate: 
Unique Characteristics:
Border lilies are referred to as the 'garden charmer'. Extremely suitable for planting in containers or front position in a border.

Don't remove leaves until they have died down in fall. They help provide nourishment to the bulb for next season's blooms.
Time of Pruning: Fall

Commander in Chief Lily

This gorgeous lily has deep scarlet red blooms that grow up to 48 inches tall
in your garden. This lily produces a ton of blossoms and loves both full sun or part shade making it an extremely versatile plant for your garden.

Botanical Name:
Lilium 'Commander in Chief' (Asiatic)
Hardy bulb
Sun Exposure: 
Partial Shade/Full Sun
3' - 4'
15" - 18"
10" - 12"
Hardiness Zone
3 - 9 (-40 degrees F)
Foliage Type: 
Dark green, lance shaped, 3" - 4" long, 1/2" - 3/4" wide
Flower Form: 
Large upright facing flared flowers in bold terminal panicles
Flower Color: 
Scarlet (dark red)
Flowering Date: 
Mid summer
Planting Requirements: 
Plant with 4" of soil above the bulb
Soil Requirements: 
well drained is important.
Growth Rate: 
Moderate once established. It takes 6 - 8 weeks for a good root system to develop
Unique Characteristics: 
Strong growth and extremely hardy. It has 6-8" diameter flowers that are scarlet red.
Cut back spent flower stems by 1/3
Time of Pruning: 
After flowering in Fall
Unique Characteristics: 
Border lilies are referred to as the 'garden charmer'. Extremely suitable for planting in containers or front position in a border.
Don't remove leaves until they have died down in fall. They help provide nourishment to the bulb for next season's blooms.

Double Tiger Lily

English: Lilium lancifolium, Liliaceae, Tiger ...English: Lilium lancifolium, Liliaceae, Tiger lily, flower. The fresh, blooming plant without bulb is used in homeopathy as remedy: Lilium tigrinum (Lil-t.) Deutsch: Lilium lancifolium, Liliaceae, Tiger-Lilie, Blüte. Die frische, blühende Pflanze ohne Zwiebel wird in der Homöopathie als Arzneimittel verwendet: Lilium tigrinum (Lil-t.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This beautiful orange lily has been an old time favorite for gardeners throughout generations, and many will continue growing and existing long after the old homestead has perished. This double blooming variety has more than 25 petals per flower, blooms in midsummer and can grow up to 48 inches tall.
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Botanical Name: 
Lilium lancifolium flora-pleno
Hardy bulb
Sun Exposure:
Partial Shade/Full Sun
30 - 48"
9 - 12"
Spacing: 9 - 12"
Hardiness Zone: 
4 - 9 (-30 degrees F)
Foliage Type: 
Narrow, lanceolate leaves 4" long, thick and glossy.
Flower Form: 
Approximately 3-6" orange flowers with black/dark brown spots.
Flower Color: 
Flowering Date: 
Mid summer
Planting Requirements:
Plant 6" deep and 9 - 12" apart.
Soil Requirements: 
Well drained soil, but will tolerate heavier soils.
Growth Rate: 
Unique Characteristics:
On old time favorite Lilium which was first introduced in 1870. Perfect for cut flower gardens. More then 25 petals per flower. A very special classic Lily!
Don't remove leaves until they have died down in fall. They help to provide nutrition to the bulb for next season.
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