Here is what I have learned about Lilium formosanum, The Formosa Lily.
It DOES have a fragrance… at night, not as sweet or strong as ‘Casablanca’ lilies, but potent none the less. They last perfectly for exactly three days in the vase before starting to decline. With judicious grooming the bouquet can last 4-5 days. I had to remove it from the house as both my husband and I experienced symptoms of allergy. Still we endured another 24 hours before relegating it to the veranda.
In the garden they are still going strong.
In the cutting garden their tall and lanky habit is exposed. BUT in my mind’s eye I have combined them with the Hydrangea paniculata blooming at the same time.
I think that would be a lovely plant marriage. The H. paniculata will provide the camouflage the gawky lily stems require, and the white flowers, one lacy…
the other bold …
will be a fabulous combination. (as is the one above) See this post on combining plants.
All in all the adventures with lilies comes to a close…for now, the seed heads are very interesting and I expect PLENTY of seed to share.
I wonder if the clematis buried in all that foliage could be persuaded to climb the lily stem…???
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