No matter which lily variety you choose, they work well in cottage, containers, perennial, and cutting gardens. They can make a striking statement in woodland fringes and in naturalized meadows as well. They are flowering perennial bulbs that easily multiply once you establish them, and they create a garden or flower bed that is very easy to care for. There are new hybrids available every year from breeders, and this improves the plants looks and performance while adding several vivid colors and different fragrances to the mix. There are almost 100 lily varieties available with hundreds of more hybrids, and this makes it easy to mix and match to create eye-catching displays.
Most lily varieties will bloom from the early summer months into the fall, and I’ve picked out several different types you can add to your landscaping. I’ll give you photographs of each lily variety so you know how to plan out your landscape design, and I’ll list each one’s perfect growing conditions to ensure you get big and beautiful blooms every year. You can use this lily variety list over and over and follow the guidelines whether you’re a novice or veteran gardener. Let’s dive in.
1. Lollipop Lily
The first lily variety of the list is the Lollipop Lily. It grows best in zones three to eight, and it is an Asiatic hybrid lily that you won’t find growing naturally anywhere. Under the correct conditions, it can grow up to 36 inches tall, and it looks best when you plant it in masses of five, seven, or more plants. It needs well-drained but rich soil to thrive, and it likes to be in an area that offers full sun to partial shade. The soil should stay consistently moist without being saturated or drying out, and it’ll rapidly multiply from year to year. You get two-toned flowers with bright pink tips with white centers.
2. Stargazer Lily
Stargazer Lilies are one lily variety that took the world by storm in the mid-1970s. It has a very strong fragrance associated with it, and it is a hybrid of the orential lily. It can get up to three-feet high at full maturity, and it makes a stunning addition around your pond design. You’ll get a plant with upward-facing flowers, and it grows best outside in zones four to nine. You’ll want to ensure it gets full sunlight every day to encourage rapid growth, and it showcases pinkish-purple flowers with white tips and speckles on a long stalk with deeper green coloring. Some people do say the fragrance is too strong.
3. Regal Lily
This lily variety offers trumpet-shaped flowers that are white, and it’s very similar to what you see when you have Easter Lilies. However, this plant grows much taller, and you’ll have to provide adequate support to stop it from leaning. It can get between three and five feet high when you plant it in zones four to eight, and this lily is native to Southwestern China. It can produce two dozen flowers that are six inches long on each stem, and it starts to bloom during the summer months. Plant it in a well-draining but rich soil, and make sure that it’s in an area that gets partial shade to full sun for the best results. The more sun it gets, the better the plant will bloom through the summer.
4. Matrix Lily
As another hybrid lily variety, the Matrix Lily offers intensely colorful flowers that are very eye-catching when you plant them on your patio or in a highly visible spot in your backyard. On every stem, this flower can produce an impressive number of buds, up to seven. This is why you only need a few flowers to create a stunning focal point, and it starts blooming during the early summer months. It has petite stalks that make it an excellent choice for containers, and it gets between 16 and 20-inches tall. It grows best in zones four to eight, and you want to plant it somewhere that gets part shade or full sun. Water it regularly, and make sure that the soil doesn’t retain a lot of moisture.
Lilium ‘Matrix’ 2016 by F. D. Edwards / CC BY-SA 2.0
5. Easter Lily
In early March, you’ll notice containers of while lilies appearing all over. For many Christians, this lily variety symbolizes rebirth and purity, and it’s popular for Easter celebrations. This is a true lily species that is native to the United States, Taiwan, and southern Japan. It’s a parent species to several different trumpet lilies. They bloom in zones four to eight in July and August, and they can get between two and three feet high. They like partial shade to full sun, and the soil should be rich but well-draining. Make a point to keep the soil moist without saturating it to encourage them to come back year after year.
Easter Lily by SETShots / CC BY-NC 2.0
6. Turk’s Cap Lily
Anyone who wants a lily variety to plant by their potting benches that adds a little something different should try the Turk’s Cap Lily. The flowers on this plant feature a unique pagoda-like shape, and a single stem will have many flowers. They do better in shaded conditions than a lot of varieties, and they’re more sensitive to very high heat. You should plant them in the fall in well-draining soil. They won’t bloom during the first season, and they’re native to Europe and Asia. They grow up to six feet tall when you plant them in zones three to eight, and they do well in full sun to partial shade. Water them regularly and allow the soil to dry slightly.
Turk’s-cap Lily (Llllium michiganense) by Joshua Mayer / CC BY-SA 2.0
7. Acapulco Lily
The Acapulco Lily is a bright pink lily variety that is a hybrid of the Oriental lily. It gives off an exotic scent during the summer when it blooms, and it grows best planted outside in zones four to eight. It’ll grow between three and four feet high, but it’s susceptible to damage from the lily leaf beetle. You can hand pick the bloom late in the summer months to keep it away. Plant it in an area that gets part shade or full sun, and make sure that the soil drains very well but that it’s very rich in nutrients. They have deep pink centers that will fade to a slightly lighter pink hue at the tips of the petals.
Acapulco lily by Brian G / CC BY-NC 2.0
8. Tiny Bee Lily
This small but colorful lily variety will go a very long way to helping outline your walkway edges or in patio containers. This hardy lily is a great choice if you live in a windy area and taller varieties tend to break and snap due to the conditions. It’ll start to bloom in the middle of summer and go into fall, and it grows best in zones two to nine. This is a smaller lily that will only get between 12 and 14 inches tall, and it’s a hybrid of the Asiatic lily species. Plant it in an area that gets full sun to part shade in a rich soil, and make a point to water it often to encourage the bright yellow blooms.
Lilium ‘Tiny Bee’, 2018 photo by F. D. Richards / CC BY-SA 2.0
9. Casa Blanca Lily
If you have a white flower garden, you absolutely need to add this lily variety. This is an Oriental hybrid, and it has larger petals with a waxy look and feel that stand out when you put them in cut flower arrangements. It’s very popular in bridal flower arrangements. They have long stems, and they bloom during the mid and late summer months. This is a highly fragrant flower that grows best in zones five to eight. You will have to shelter it from high winds to stop it from snapping, and it can get between three and four feet high. Plant it in an area with partial shade to full sun, and make sure the soil drains well between watering sessions.
Casa Blanca lily 02 by Joe Mabel / CC BY-SA 2.0
10. Tiger Lily
This is a vigorous and long-lived lily variety, and they’re excellent for people who are brand new to growing lilies. They produce bright orange blooms that have small freckles during the summer months, and the plants will naturalize and spread if you plant them in damp locations like in a raised planter box. They start to bloom in the middle of summer and go to the end, and they do best in zones four to nine. They can get between three and five feet tall, so you will have to support the stems to stop them from breaking. Make sure to give them full sun or partial shade, and water them regularly.
Tiger Lilies by Peter Miller / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
11. Robert Swanson Lily
This lily variety is a unique cross between the Trumpet lily and an Oriental hybrid, so many people refer to it as an Orientpet lily. It is known for growing enormous flowers that can get up to seven inches across, and the flowers have recurve petals that will start to bloom in the middle of summer. It grows best when you plant it in a rich soil in zones five to nine. Under the correct conditions, this plant can grow up to five feet high. It needs partial shade or full sun, and the flowers feature bright yellow and deep purple coloring. They make excellent additions to cut flower arrangements.
Lily by Sarah R / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
12. Elodie Lily
This lily variety makes excellent apartment decor, and it’s excellent for cutting gardens because it has all of the petals and coloring of a traditional lily without the pollen that can trigger allergies. During the mid-summer months, this plant will bloom and showcase pale pink flowers. It’s a hybrid species of the Asiatic lily, and it grows best when you plant it in zones three to eight. This lily routinely gets between 36 and 48-inches tall, and it likes to be in partial shade to full sun. They have very slender stems with deep green foliage and larger leaves, so keep them out of the wind to prevent breakage.
Lily ‘Elodie’ by anneheathen / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
13. Tiny Double You Lily
If you only have a small plot of land to garden, there are lily varieties that fit perfectly like the Tiny Double You cultivar. It does well tucked into a few square feet of space because it’s a dwarf lily. They do come with fewer leaves to sacrifice to cutting, so this does restrict what you can do with them. They produce orange double flowers that bloom during the mid-summer months, and they grow well in zones three to eight. They get up to 14-inches tall at the biggest point, and they have to be in a well-draining soil that gets partial shade to full sun to have enough energy to produce blooms.
“Lilium ‘Tiny Double You’ 2019 photo by F. D. Richards / CC BY-SA 2.0
14. Blackout Lily
Although the name would suggest black coloring, this lily variety is actually dark red with red stamens. It’s an eye-catching plant with glossy petals and a deep burgundy shade. When you plant them in well-draining soil in partial or full sun, they can grow between two and three feet high. Each plant will form a tight cluster of four to five larger flowers, and they make great additions to cut flower arrangements. Due to the slightly shorter sizes, you can plant them in self-watering pots on your patio or porch. They do very well planted in zones four to eight, and keep the soil consistently moist without soaking it. They’ll bloom through the late summer months.
Asian Lilies – Red by geraldbrazell / CC BY-ND 2.0
15. Brunello Lily
This lily variety is very prized amongst lily growers because it produces eye-catching green buds that will slowly bloom into impressive shiny orange flowers. The flowers are very large, and the dark green foliage helps to offset them nicely. They need a very rich soil that drains well with routine watering, and they do best in partial shade to full sun and warm environments. They have longer stalks that are prone to breaking or bending without support, so keep them out of very windy conditions. You can easily cut the flowers and add them to your arrangements. It’s a hybrid of the Asiatic lily.
Asiatic Lily Brunello by Daniel Arrhakis / CC BY-NC 2.0
16. Connecticut King Lily
Anyone who wants to add a bright and cheerful color to their landscape should look at this lily variety. Connecticut King Lilies have larger flowers that will bloom in golden or deep yellow shades, and the plant will grow up to three feet high on slender stalks. The deep green foliage with spirally-arranged leaves have a waxy look to them to help offset the flower colors even more. The height makes them a low-maintenance landscaping idea that thrives in well-draining soil and partial shade to full sun conditions. Make a point to water them regularly and allow the soil to dry between times.
Lilium ‘Connecticut King’ by beautifulcataya / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
17. Dot Com Lily
This lily variety is one that produces larger flowers, and you can easily get between five and nine flowers on a single stem. You’ll get purple-pink flower petals with red spots dotting the middle, and the flowers are slightly bowl shaped. They have a long and slender stem that grows between three and five feet high under the correct growing conditions, and they do best in full sun. However, they will also grow in partial shade as long as you plant them in a well-draining but rich soil. Look for blooms in the middle of summer, and the blooms will go into the early fall months. They look great in the back of gardens, but they’re too tall to plant out in the open without any wind protection.
Dot Com Lily by Bright Oh Photos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
18. Grand Cru Lily
In 2002, this lily variety won the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It is a bi-colored lily that offers stunning yellow petals with red markings in the center and red antheres. It grows in a long and slender stem with deep green foliage with thin leaves, and it can get several feet high. It does best as a full sun perennial, but it can tolerate shade. The soil around your lily should be very rich in nutrients, but it should also drain very well after each watering session to prevent root rot. Water your plants at least once a week in the early morning hours to encourage strong growth. They’ll bloom for you in the middle of summer.
Grand Cru Lily by Nikk / CC BY 2.0
19. Monte Negro Lily
If you want a lily variety that offers very deep red coloring with waxy petals, take a look at the Monte Negro Lily. It produces pure red flowers that offset beautifully against the deep green foliage, and this allows you to very quickly and easily create a focal point in your yard or garden. They produce several flowers per stem, and they can grow to be several feet high. The soil should be very rich, and they’ll get the most vibrant color levels if you plant them in full sun. You can plant them in partial shade, but this can cause the red to look slightly dull and washed out.
Monte Negro Lily by OhDuranDuran / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
20. Patricia’s Pride Lily
As another eye-catching lily variety, Patricia’s Pride is a six-petaled flower that creates the illusion that a small star formed inside another star. You’ll get bright white flowers that have dark plum streaks on each petal that helps resemble a star shape. The green filaments and stamens create a nice contrast, and they can grow between three and four feet tall on slender stalks. They work well as a balcony idea in a container with protection, and they like rich soils with moderate amounts of moisture. Plant them in areas that get a lot of sunlight to encourage the deep color contrast. If you leave them alone, this lily will slowly spread out year after year.
Lilium ‘Patricia’s Pride’ by Sergey Urzhumskov / CC BY 2.0
Pollyanna lilies are well-liked for their airy flowers. You can get them in bright yellow with deep gold coloring, or they also come in pink with white edging. Both colors offer small blotches or speckles of color close to the center. They’ll start flowering during the middle of summer and go to the end, and they can get between four and five feet high. Plant them in clusters to create a more eye-catching look, and make sure that the soil doesn’t retain a lot of moisture. Putting them in bright, direct sunlight or partial shade will ensure they bloom for a long time and come back each year.
Lilium ‘Pollyanna’ by Mary Ellen St. John / CC BY 2.0
22. Royal Sunset Lily
This fiery lily variety will look right at home next to your hot tub enclosure for a tropical atmosphere. It has large, ornamental flowers that mimic the look of a sunset, and they are very fragrant. The flowers have a gold to orange shade with red petal tips and maroon dots. They can grow up to four feet high, and each stem will produce several flowers. They need very rich soil, and they can grow in partial shade. However, full sun allows them to showcase their vibrant coloring, and you want to water them regularly without saturating the soil to prevent root rot.
Royal Sunset Lily_5222596617_l by Bright Oh Photos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
23. Tiny Todd Lily
Originally developed in the Netherlands, this lily variety is perfect for container gardening due to the smaller size and shorter stature. It’ll showcase green foliage with upward-facing white flowers that are mixed with pale pink hues. These smaller lilies will only grow to be between 14 and 16 inches tall at full maturity, and this makes them less apt to break or bend. The soil should be rich but drain well, and you want to water them thoroughly once a week before letting them dry out. With the proper care, they’ll come back year after year. They look good in smaller gardens as well as containers.
Lilium ‘Tiny Todd’ by beautifulcataya / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
24. Canna Lily
The final lily variety of the list is the Canna Lily. They’re very easy to grow and keep alive if you live in zones 7 to 11, and these are actually false lilies that are more closely related to the Bird of Paradise flower than they are to actual lilies. However, they produce lily-like flowers in a range of colors with speckles. They need well-draining soil that is slightly acidic, and they need regular watering sessions to keep them happy. Plant them in a place that gets full sun to partial shade, and they can do well in boggy or slightly wet conditions. They’ll help attract pollinators to your yard like hummingbirds and butterflies, and they release a sweet scent when they bloom that is very pleasant.
These 24 lily varieties allow you to add height and color to your yard. Depending on the lily variety, you can find ones that do well in containers, flower beds, or in your garden. They can create stunning focal points when you plant them in clusters, and they’re low-maintenance. Since they come back every year, they’re a great investment. I invite you to take a look at the list and pick out a few lily varieties that will work best with your garden design or landscape.
Jen is a master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert. She has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.