Our Garden Lilies are rather different to most Liliums sold elsewhere.
Most widely distributed Liliums available in retail or online outlets these days are the product of large, cut-flower lily breeders based mostly in the Netherlands. These are almost always up-facing Lilies that can be picked in tight bud, packed into boxes and shipped around the world. These are the delight of florists, but often do not do so well in home gardens.
A shower of rain can instantly turn a lovely up-facing Lily into an unsightly bowl of pollen soup.
Most of our Lilies are either out-facing (horizontal) or down-facing (pendant). This makes them able to resist most rain, remaining beautiful for longer periods in the garden. They also provide a much broader range of styles that can add so much more to your garden.
Another feature of good garden Lilies is carrying more buds. This can be achieved by the development of secondary & tertiaty buds. That is more than one bud on each pedicel. Lilies typically flower on the lowest buds first and progress on up the stem. Secondary & tertiary buds further extend this progression sometimes extending the flowering period out to maybe as long as six weeks.
In reality, good gardens will probably feature a range of Lilium styles, be they up-facing, out-facing or down-facing. Just like people, it takes all types.
Our amazing new Speciosum Hybrids are a great example of the above qualities. The following image of Lilium henryi shows the presence of secondary & tertiary buds. First to open are the primary buds on the lower ring of buds. There is then a progression of opening buds up the stem. The secondary buds follow with a similar progression of flowers. Next come the tertiary buds. This can mean a display of flowers lasting for many weeks in the garden.