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A lily that Baltimore Orioles fans will love: George's Plant Pick of the Week

Fri, 05 May 2017 13:20:24 UTC


This week's Plant Pick of the Week is a lily that blooms in a brilliant combination of orange and dark burgundy that's nearly black.

Here's PennLive garden writer George Weigel's Plant Pick of the Week for this week:

* Common name: Asiatic lily 'Forever Susan'

* Botanical name: Lilium 'Forever Susan'

* What it is: A hardy bulb with stalks of dark-green, bladed foliage that produce upward-facing tubular flowers of showy dark burgundy (nearly black) with bright orange tips and highlights. Blooms in June and July. Bulbs produce and expand each year without having to dig and store inside as with dahlias or gladioli.

* Size: 30 to 36 inches tall, plant bulbs 6 inches apart.

* Where to use: Grow toward the back of a sunny perennial border or interplant between and among shrubs. Lilies also grow well in sunny pots. Avoid wet soil.

* Care: Snip off flower stalks down to the foliage after flowers fade. Let remaining foliage alone until frost browns it, then cut it to the ground or at the end of winter. Rabbits often favor lilies, so you may need to protect them with a wire cage or a repellent. Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, granular organic fertilizer. Bulbs can be dug and divided in early fall.

* Great partner: Plant between or among golden junipers or goldthread cypress. Coreopsis 'Zagreb' and euphorbia 'Bonfire' are good perennial partners. Golden or yellow roses pair well color-wise and bloom at the same time. Interplant with daffodil bulbs.

See George's Plant Profiles for more on hundreds of past plant picks of the week.

George's 170 most recommended plants for Pennsylvania gardens are profiled in his "Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide" book.

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