Orienpet Lily: Garden Looker — Va Va Va Voom!{12}

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Orienpet lilies, Satisfaction variety

My two-year-old stand of Satisfaction Orienpet lilies in late July

My days as a plant snob are over. There’s room in my garden for both the brash and the understated, for flowers the size of snowflakes as well as blossoms that standout like a chorus line of bodacious beauties.  A marigold deserves my respect just as much as a magnolia. That said, I’d like to introduce you to my latest petaled fancy, the Orienpet lily. A cross between an Oriental lily and a Trumpet lily, the Orienpet exudes the best qualities of both parents and then some.

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The Vegas Showgirls of the flower world, Orienpet lilies are bedazzling showstoppers. After two years, mine tower at six feet and range from five to fifteen blossoms per bulb. They thrive in the Pacific Northwest and are relatively drought tolerant and easy to grow when given good drainage.

Frisco Orienpet lily in bloom

Orienpet lily “Frisco” (evidently not named by someone from the Bay Area)

When planting Orienpet (or Trumpet or Oriental) lilies, keep them close to the garden path. Your eyes and nose will thank you.Vashon Island Garden

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