I love my city garden, mainly because of the city-like plants in it, such as the lily pictured here, Scheherazade. A Judith Freeman Oriental/Trumpet hybrid, she has the most beautiful and sophisticated color combination: a pale apricot and a dark maroon.
She is the tallest lily in my yard, at least 8 feet. She is towering over my fence in this photo and giving you a glimpse of the neighbor's ladder.
This year, her third year in the ground, her stalks were so thick that I left some of the tallest ones un-staked. So far, no collapse off the candelabra–utterly amazing, since every other lily in my garden keels over as soon as it hits three feet.
When it comes to these Orienpet hybrids, I've been a reactionary. Oriental lilies and trumpet lilies are so beautiful as they are, why mess with perfection? I'm not sure that I like the thick petals of some of these hybrids. And some of them have half-hearted trumpet shapes that I find ugly.
But Scheherazade justifies the whole idea.
The mystery in my yard is how I wound up with one young plant of Scheherazade outside her bed. It must be squirrel transport of a piece of a bulb rather than self-seeding, because as a hybrid, she wouldn't come true from seed.