Plants - Perennials

Grow fiery torch lilies

By
Patrick Lima
Photography by
John Scanlan

The hot looks and dramatic form of these exotic flowers have venturesome gardeners singing their praises


Torch lily cultivars
Depending on the type, torch lilies flower from mid-June to late September. While those listed below are recommended for Zone 6, with proper care and protection, they're worth trying in colder zones (we grow several in our Zone 4b garden).

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‘Alcazar'
Alcazar really turns up the heat in Larkwhistle, Patrick Lima and John Scanlan's garden, with sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) serving as a complementary backdrop.
Height: 290 to 120 cm
Description: bright red
Blooms in: July


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‘Bressingham Comet'
Height:
260 to 90 cm
Description: tangerine
Blooms in: August/September

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‘Green Jade'
Height:
290 cm
Description: greenish ivory
Blooms in: August

‘Little Maid'
Height:
245 to 60 cm
Description: creamy yellow
Blooms in: July/August

‘Nancy's Red'
Height:
260 cm
Description: scarlet
Blooms in: August

‘Percy's Pride'
Height:
290 to 120 cm
Description: greenish yellow
Blooms in: August/September

‘Primrose Beauty' (as shown above)
Height:
290 cm
Description: clear light yellow
Blooms in: August (a standout in our garden)

‘Royal Standard'
Height:
290 to 120 cm
Description: red and yellow
Blooms in: July

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‘Shining Sceptre'
'Shining Sceptre' is a standout among 'Purple Rain', while blooms of yellow meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum) brighten the background.
Height:
290 cm
Description: light orange
Blooms in: July

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