One of the most commonly intriguing and beautiful flowers would have to be the lily. But why is that, exactly? The answer to this question most likely lies in the fact that lilies come in all shapes and sizes. There are hundreds of different kinds of lilies, all ranging in terms of color, fragrance, delicacy, meaning, and more. Considering the wide variety of lilies to choose from it is difficult to not find any for someone to appreciate. When you are struggling to decide between which types of lilies you want in your garden, or to give as a gift in a bouquet, here are the more popular kinds to keep in mind.
Calla lilies are probably one of the most common yet unique flowers that come to mind when one thinks of lilies, namely due to its trumpet-like shape and waxy, creamy texture. Calla lilies are traditionally white and fragrant though they do also come in shades of pinks and reds. Ironically enough, however, it must be disclosed here that despite its name, the calla lily does not actually fall under the biological categorization for the lilium genus at all! Calla lilies signify purity, and are often seen at both weddings and funerals.
Also known as Tiger Lilies or Ditch Lilies, Orange Lilies are distinct and vibrant flowers common to many American gardens. Orange lilies are generally sweetly scented and come in bright orange shades, most popularly with tiger-esque spots. Since Tiger Lilies most generally grow wildly, they are very easy to plant in your garden. The significance of Orange Lilies is debated, however, as some claim they signify prosperity due to cultural myths, and others claim that giving tiger lilies signifies hatred of some sort.
Easter Lilies are of the purest and most widely recognized of lilies. Signifying innocence and new life, Easter lilies are both beautiful in their trumpeting petals and fragrant. As indicated by its name, the Easter Lily is most often seen and associated with spring and the Easter holiday.
Lilies of the Valley are downward facing, bell-shaped flowers. For the most-part white, these small lilies are perennial and signify both devotion and humility. Lilies of the Valley are one of few lilies that grow best in the shade. Though common in gardens due to its ease of planting, Lilies of the Valley are not often gifted but rather seen in bridal bouquets because of their white, delicate flowers.
Small, delicate petals and distinctly bright colors are what set Peruvian Lilies apart from other common flowers -- and other kinds of lilies in general. They also generally grow much closer to the ground than other lilies, many of which grow up to three feet high. Peruvian Lilies are often comprised of at least two different shades -- if not two entirely different colors -- and characteristically have small spots on one or two of the four petals. Outside of the garden, Peruvian Lilies are given in bouquets to signify friendship.
Similar in height and shape to both Easter and Tiger Lilies, Stargazer Lilies are unique in their bold, dramatic colors. Though only developed in the late 1970s, Stargazer Lilies already have earned their place amongst the most popular of lilies. Characterized as beautiful and exotic, Stargazer Lilies have bright colors -- generally shades of deep pinks and reds, outlined by white and with many dark spots. Stargazer lilies have come to signify a celebration of prosperity.
Whether choosing lilies for your garden, home or gift, you can be almost guaranteed to find the right flower for the occasion in one of the many types of beautiful lilies that exist!