Do Asiatic lilies bloom all summer or do they start early and end midway before the sunny season is over or does it last the whole season?
Asiatic lilies are true lilies loved for their showy blooms and easy management. They are among the hardiest of all the hybrid lilies.
They come in a variety of colors, color combinations, and are among the first to bloom among the rest of the lilies.
Once established, Asiatic lilies (Lilium Asiatic) are the easiest to care for. They are disease-resistant and easy to manage and still manage to get blooms year after year. Asiatic grow in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9 but they are not a true member of the lily family. They belong to the genus – Hemerocallis that makes them have a different blooming season than the true lilies.
Do Asiatic Lilies Bloom All Summer?
Asiatic lilies have flowers that open towards the sky with blooms that have a wide range of colors. They are often freckled or dotted with black spots. Each stem is long, lined with small, thin leaves, and topped with a clump of large flowers.
These plants are loved for their bloom that lasts all summer. They have blooms that start late spring and last up to mid-summer. These flowers do not have a fragrance but they are still are desirable to most gardeners.
Most Asiatic lilies bloom in May or June depending on the cultivar and climate while others bloom in July.
Care For Asiatic Lilies
- These lilies grow best in zones 4 through 9 but can still grow in zones 3 but with winter protection.
- They require well-drained soils or their bulbs will rot. Plant them in holes that are about 3 times deep as the height of the bulb.
- These lilies thrive in full sunlight and rich acidic soil.
- You can encourage re-blooming by gently removing the flower heads when they start fading but leave the stems and foliage to die back to the ground on their own. This helps the bulb gain all the nutrients back slowly by slowly.
Types Of Lilies And Their Bloom Time
Besides the Lilly Asiatic, there are other different types of lilies with a specific bloom time. With careful planning, you can enjoy bloom all summer long by planting different varieties. Let us look at the different types.
These are common and popular for their early bloom and they are easy to grow. They bloom from early to midsummer and have beautiful flowers that face upward. The flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from pink, white, vivid yellow, red, and orange. These flowers are a favorite for most florists even though they have no scent. Their mix of colors stands out in most arrangements. The Asiatic Crete lilies are deep pink in color and bloom from June to July growing up to 3 to 4 feet tall. The Asiatic enchantment lilies grow up to 2 to 3 feet tall with an orange bloom that comes in June.
These beautiful flowers bloom from mid-summer to the end. They are tall trumpet-like flowers growing that do well in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9. They produce many blooms about 12 to 15 blooms per stalk and have a wonderfully heady, sweet fragrance. The Trumpet Regale lilies produce white blooms early to late summer and they grow up to 3 to 4 feet. The Trumpet Rising Moon grows up to 3 to 4 feet tall and produces pastel yellow blooms with pink edges blooms in mid-summer.
This type is the end-of-season plants that bloom mid to late summer just when the Asiatic lilies are fading off. They are always a striking choice with tiny 2 footers and 8-feet tall giants. These are great for patio for the shorter ones or garden for the taller type. These flowers have an intoxicating fragrance adored by gardeners who grow them. Their fragrance intensifies after dark making them even more attractive.
These lilies produce large white, pink, red, or bi-color flowers that make wonderful cut flowers that fill every room and heart with their spicy scents. Oriental Black Beauty lilies produce dark red blooms in late summer and grow up to 5 to 6 feet tall. The Oriental Casa Blanca is a short type growing up to 4 to 5 feet tall with white blooms coming from August to September.
Asian Lilies Conclusion
The Asiatic lilies do not last the whole summer but their beauty is attractive enough to make you plant them. To get an all-around summer bloom, we advise you to mix up the varieties so you can have early, mid and late blooms filling your garden and making your home look and feel beautiful. Have a flower-full summer with these blooms!