As Michele and I have commented many times, we love Asiatic
and Oriental lilies and all their special hybrids, but they do get tall. Lilies
look good tall, but only the martagons will stand up by themselves in the
average garden. All the others have to be staked.
This stake is trying to hide against the ivy, but it still annoys me.
And unless you’re in a tropical climate, where a bamboo
stake might actually root and become a living plant again, stakes aren’t all
that attractive. I have been trying a couple different strategies. At top you
see the Orienpet variety “Touching,” which has been tied to a rather tall metal
trellis that also has clematis. And below, some very weak stemmed Black Beauties (they are in partial
shade) have been attached to one of the many varieties of aggressive vines
(that is the word I prefer and I’m sticking to it!) that rampage over our
property. This one would just love to envelope the house, but we cut it back periodically.
So there you have it—vines and lilies. Think of it next time
you are hesitating over a gorgeous lily bulb.