Lilies have been adored and considered sacred plants in different cultures for centuries. Today, they are still one of the most loved garden plants. Their deeply rooted bulbs and wide array of colors and variety make them great companion plants for many annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Read on to learn more about companions planting with lily flowers.
Plants That Grow Well With Lilies
Lilies grow best in full sun but can tolerate part shade. They should not be planted in shade gardens or surrounded by tall plants that shade them out. Most lilies like moist, but not soggy soil; too much water can make the bulbs rot.
Established lilies can be drought resistant. Good lily plant companions will have medium to light water requirements. Lily bulbs do not like to be crowded out, so aggressive spreaders and groundcovers are generally not good companions for lilies.
Companions for Lilies
The following suggestions make suitable lily plant companions in the garden.
Shallow rooting annual plants that grow well with lilies are:
- Marigold (shorter varieties)
- Snapdragons (dwarf)
- Moss roses
- New guinea impatiens
Good bulb companions for lilies are:
Perennial plants that grow well with lilies include:
- Aster (compact varieties)
- Coral bells
- Corn flower
- Lamb’s ear
- Meadow rue
- Garden phlox
- Russian sage
As late long as they do not provide too much shade and are planted far enough away, certain shrubs can beautifully accent lilies. Good shrub companions for lilies are:
- Korean spice viburnum
- Rose of Sharon
- Bush honeysuckle
- Smoke bush
Be sure to give lilies plenty of space of their own, and don’t crowd them with companion plants. Lily bulbs are soft and tender, and the strong, aggressive roots of other plants can pierce these bulbs, damaging or even killing them. Lilies also will not come up in the spring if weeds or plants are too dense above the bulb. If lilies are too overcrowded or overshaded, they can be more susceptible to fungal diseases.