Another Perfect Plant: Martagon Lily

Martagon lilies are a collection of species and hybrids that are well-suited for planting in a cottage-style part shade or dappled shade garden. Introduced in 1921, this particular hyrbid is a lovely pale yellow and magenta, but other hybrids can be found in shades of pink, magenta, orange, and white. The flower stalks top out somewhere around four-feet and in early summer are covered by many sweet smelling flowers.

Lilium martagon x Mrs. R.O. Backhouse is slow to reproduce and sometimes even slower to flower, but your patience will be rewarded with beautiful stalks of nodding flowers. Grow them in well-rained soil and try not to move them around, as they can get sulky and not sprout the year after moving. If they do have to be moved, fall is a better time to do so.

More information at:
B&D Lilies
Northern Gardener

Photo Credit:
Erica Glasener

Paul Cady

Paul is a landscape designer with a professional background in public horticulture. His years of experience maintaining both public and private gardens provide an informed perspective on choosing, arranging, and placing plants in the landscape. He is committed to creating landscapes that will survive and thrive over time through making informed plant choices and developing written landscape management plans.