Lily Bloom Time: How Long Until Lilies Bloom In The Garden

Lily Bloom Time: How Long Until Lilies Bloom In The Garden

By: Teo Spengler

Bright, graceful, and sometimes fragrant, lily flowers are an easy-care asset to a garden. The lily bloom time is different for various species, but all true lilies will flower between spring and fall. Whether you’ve planted lily bulbs recently or are waiting for your old favorites to flower, you may be wondering just how long until lilies bloom in the garden, especially if yours have not yet opened. Read on for information on the bloom time for lily plants.

About Lily Flowers

Many plants with trumpet-shaped flowers are called lilies, but only those in the Lilium genus are true lilies. The most popular of these in the garden are Asiatic lilies and Oriental lilies.

The number one spot probably goes to Asiatic lily flowers, recognizable by their upward facing blooms on stalks that rise to five feet (a little over 1 m.). These hybrid plants come in many colors and often have darker “freckles.” They are easy to care for and multiply quickly.

Oriental lilies are the flamboyant rock stars of the lily clan with huge, fragrant flowers in white, pink, and scarlet. The flower stalks can grow to six feet (1.5 m.) tall.

When Do Lilies Bloom?

True lilies bloom at different times between spring and fall. If you give some thought to lily bloom times when selecting bulbs, you can plant a selection that will keep your garden in bloom all summer long.

Exactly when do lilies bloom? Asiatic lilies lead off the pack, opening their pretty flowers in mid to late spring. The flowers hold a long time in the garden, often well into summer. Bloom time for this lily also applies to double Asiatic lilies and Martagon lilies.

The bloom time for lilies in the Oriental group starts just as the Asiatic lilies are fading. These sweetly scented lily flowers open in mid to late summer. Oriental-Asiatic hybrids tend to bloom in mid-season, while Oriental and double Oriental are late season lilies.

If you select a site protected from wind and afternoon sun, the blooms may last a few weeks or longer.

How Long Until Lilies Bloom?

If the months pass and you are still waiting for those lilies to bloom, all is not necessarily lost. Newly planted bulbs sometimes don’t bloom at all the first growing season but will do just fine starting in year two.

Older lilies might not perform on schedule either. In time, lilies just run out of steam and stop producing flowers. This is especially true if too many bulbs are crowded together underground. Sometimes, small mammals will also snack on the bulbs, putting them out of commission.

Note that not all plants called lilies are in the Lilium clan, including plants like daylilies, peace lilies, and calla lilies. Each of these plants will have their own specific bloom times.

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How to Grow Lily from Seeds in 7 Easy Steps

Lily is a flowering shrub. It is worldwide famous for its beautiful fragrance. It increases the charm of gardens with its elegant blossom and colors. It is a long-lived plant.

Grow lily from seeds

Planting lily is easier than any other flower. It mostly grows from blubs or seeds. Lily flower requires suitable seeds, sapling, mould and weather to grow perfectly. It grows well in the cold milder temperature. There are various types of lily flower and that is why there are different processes for cultivating this flower.

Foxtail Lilies Care

The genus Eremurus contains about 40 species of plants native to central Asia, especially rocky areas in high elevations. Foxtail lilies need a site in full sun. While they can grow in partial shade, the shadier the location, the less strength your lilies will have to grow strong stems to support their magnificent flowers. If you want the look of foxtail lilies in the shade, plant the bugbane flower instead.

Also known as desert candles and king's spears, fast-growing foxtail lilies grow from three to eight feet or even greater depending on the species. Foxtail lily foliage is strappy and insignificant and may begin the fade before the flowers even form. The late spring bottlebrush-shaped flowers come in warm shades of yellow, orange, pink, and coral, and open from the bottom of the spike to the top.

It may be tempting to crowd your foxtail lilies with other plants that will hide their fading foliage, but don’t do this, as Eremurus likes to have its own space in the garden. Do place these flowers in the back of the border, where their otherworldly spikes will inspire oohs and aahs as they rise seemingly out of nowhere. Foxtail lilies look striking beside peonies or a group of Dutch iris flowers, which bloom at approximately the same time.

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Foxtail lilies need full sun to thrive. They will grow in partial shade, but not as tall.

Rich, well-draining sandy loam is perfect for their needs.


Foxtail lilies have average water needs, so water well during the growing season and don't let the soil dry out.

Temperature and Humidity

The plants thrive in a narrow temperature range that generally makes them suitable to USDA growing zones 5-8. Cold but not frigid winters spur flowering and growth from one year to the next.


As the flower spike is developing, feed your foxtail lily with liquid fertilizer or liquid manure.

"Casa Blanca" Oriental lily (Lilium "Casa Blanca") is a deeply fragrant bloomer that flowers in summer. With its pure white blossoms and deep scent, "Casa Blanca" produces a flower about the size of your hand. "Star Gazer" lily (Lilium "Star Gazer") produces a bright pinkish-red bloom of a similar size, also in summer. Both are a favorite with florists or for those who like a cutting garden, as the blooms last in vases for two weeks or more. "Casa Blanca" grows well in USDA zones 4 through 9 "Star Gazer" prefers slightly colder zones -- USDA zones 3 through 8. Both grow well provided the bulb is planted deep enough. Cover the bulb to finger-tip depth, about 6 inches, to ensure the height of the plant -- 1 to 3 feet -- is supported when the bloom bursts forth.

Grown from bulbs, lilies prefer their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun. Their bright, showy blossoms come in four main varieties: funnel, recurved, trumpet and bowl. Virtually all species are fragrant, and bloom times vary from early spring to fall, based on the varietal. To make your lilies bloom for longer, plant them in clusters that span the season. For example, plant "Casa Blanca" and Formosa to have lilies blooming from June through September.

Carolyn Williams began writing and editing professionally over 20 years ago. Her work appears on various websites. An avid traveler, swimmer and golf enthusiast, Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California.

Candidum Lilies (Lillium hybrids)

Candidum lilies are true heirloom plants, varieties that have been cultivated for thousands of years. In the classification system, these are Division 3 lilies. They're derived from lilies native to the Balkans and Middle East, some of which have become widely naturalized in Europe. The common name, madonna lily, comes from it symbolizing purity in Christianity. Candidum hybrids need a sheltered spot an eastern exposure with morning sun is preferred. Amend the soil if needed to bring the pH to a neutral level, and plant the bulbs just under the surface, about 1 inch. They prefer slightly dry conditions and will succumb to grey mold in damp locations. Trumpet-shaped white blooms appear in summer.

  • Native Area: Nursery hybrids parent species are native to Balkans, Middle East
  • USDA Growing Zones: 6–9
  • Height: 4–6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade