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Saltarello Lily

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Orienpet ‘Saltarello’ produces very fragrant, golden yellow flowers on sturdy stems standing up to 5′ tall. Plants will provide you with more of these glorious, 5–7″ blooms each year. A great color for your summer garden, and superb in bouquets.

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.

Lilies prefer cool soil, which argues for shade at their feet from low-growing companions such as Ferns, Geraniums, or Hellebores. Plant Lilies in well-drained soil where they will receive 6–8 hours of sun a day. Delicate and graceful Species Lilies carry their flowers on candelebra-shaped stems and are generally more tolerant of shade. 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.

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