There's no compromise involved buying local when it comes to lilies. B&D Lilies in Port Townsend produces fat lily bulbs that sprout huge, fragrant lilies....and the catalog is gorgeous. It's time to order - November is lily planting time, and B&D starts shipping mid-October.
If you're looking for dependable. easy-care lilies try the hybrid 'Orienpets' which combine the flamboyance and fragrance of Oriental lilies with sturdiness and persistence of old-fashioned trumpet and Aurelian lilies.
Here are a few of the beauties offered this fall by B&D:
Sweet-smelling 'Conca 'd 'Or' is an Oriental-Trumpet cross that tops out around 5 feet, with huge lemon yellow flowers traced in darker yellow
Lily 'Suzuki' grows 3-4 feet tall, and opens bright orange, blanching to cream with orange tips over the summer.