Lilies are matchless among hardy bulbs for beauty of form and variety of color and also for the length of their blooming season. They delight in a cool fresh soil and a sheltered semi-shaded situation; grouped among tall shrubs they show to good advantage. After the stems are well-formed and about one foot high, give them a good top-dressing of well-decomposed manure about three inches deep all over the surface of the ground, and abundance of water until the flowering season is over when water should be gradually withdrawn so as to encourage the ripening of the bulbs.
They are increased by taking the small bulblets which form about the old bulbs (as soon as the bulbs are ripe which is shown by the leaves and stems turning yellow and dropping off) and planting them half an inch deep in separate beds in light rich soil, growing them on until they are large enough to bloom, when they may be planted out in the beds or borders where they are to flower. When the young bulblets are taken up they should be transplanted into their new quarters without any delay, as exposure to drying wind or being allowed to lie any length of time in a dry atmosphere (even if in a shed or shaded situation) has a weakening effect on their future growth.
With a good selection of the many gorgeous species, Lilies may be had in bloom for several months. Among the earliest-flowering kinds may be mentioned Lilium candidum (St. Joseph's Lily) and our splendid natives Lilium Washingtonianum, Lilium pardalinum and Lilium Humboldti; following them, Lilium tigrinum, Lilium lancifolium and its varieties the splendid Lilium auratum and the tall and stately Lilium giganteum, besides many others equally beautiful.