Everyone's jumping on the 'Caravan' bandwagon, and it's easy to see why this dramatic Orienpet (a hybrid of Oriental and Trumpet Lilies) is a popularity poll winner. Strong blue-green stems bear huge, outward-facing, sunny yellow blooms with contrasting red centers. The brilliant colors shine even on rainy days. Marvelous planted in drifts with other Lilies of the same color palette, such as 'Golden Stargazer'.
Orienpets combine the best features of Oriental and Trumpet Lilies -- fragrance, large flowers, and sturdy garden performance -- but bloom about two weeks earlier than most Orientals. The advantage is an almost continuous sequence of Lily blooms, if you start with Asiatic varieties, then follow with Trumpets, Orienpets, and Orientals.
Plant Lilies in well-drained soil where they will receive six to eight hours of sun a day. When cutting the flowers for bouquets, remove no more than 1/3 of the stem. This provides sufficient leaves on the remaining stem to renew the bulb for the coming year.
For more information on Lily care, click on "Growing Guide & Tips".