Lilies are the anti-depressants of the plant world. Tall, gorgeous, truly perennial, and fragrant enough to perfume an entire garden, lilies raise the spirits at the same time they make you feel like a gardening wizard. You simply bury an inauspicious looking lumpy bulb in autumn, and next summer you have lily bloom.
I'm so pleased to have B&D Lilies partner with Plant Talk because my garden is full of lilies I've bought from them over the years - their lilies are not only the main show in my garden, but fill the garden and the house with fragrance June through August. A stem of lilies alone in a vase is perfection, mixed with other flowers, lilies carry the bouquet.
What makes the plants from B&D Lilies in Port Townsend so special? The owners, Bob and Dianna Gibson, have been growing lilies in Pacific Northwest soil for nearly 30 years, and the hard-working duo are endlessly knowledgeable. They share their expertise freely in their catalog and blog, which are both pure plant porn, packed with a mind-blowing selection of lilies.
The Gibsons not only sell big, healthy bulbs, but give you all the information you need to grow them successfully. And what's easier to grow than a lily? Plant the bulbs in November in a sunny spot with free-draining soil and they'll spread into sturdy clumps of scented grace and beauty.
Lilies give so much for so little work in such little space... like this new, easy-to-grow Asiatic lily, (top right), the orange and maroon-splotched 'Easy Salsa', just opening in a big pot on the side of my house.
B&D has everything from snowy 'Casablanca' lilies to the Martagons which can take some shade and are ideal for cottage, woodland and naturalistic gardens.
How do icy white Casablancas manage to look both voluptuous yet cooly serene? They grow 6-7 feet tall and bloom later in August.....
Is that color for real? Raspberry pink 'Glen Moray' is a sturdy, fragrant Orienpet that blooms in August.
'Pepper Gold' is a striking Martagon with freckled, recurved petals; it blooms earlier in the season and adds a sense of motion and wildlness to the garden, as wel as its lovely, warm coloration.
B&D ships in October and November for fall planting. (Be sure and add a few packets of Dianna's ruffly purple poppies to your order). Plant plenty - going overboard on lilies is one horticultural indulgence you won't regret, and you'll spend next summer in a pleasant haze of lily fever.