Tuesday, July 21, 2015
If you hustle, you will catch a glimpse of this stand of Lilium superbum in a southern, meadowy fringe of Central Park's North Woods.
It has been a privilege, during our nearly two-year sojourn in Harlem, to be close to Central Park, whose northern edge is a 15 minute walk south from home. I have spent a lot of time in the North Woods, on my own, or leading wild plant walks. If we leave Harlem in our imminent move, I will miss this proximity to our urban wildness.
Grow these brilliant American tiger lilies/swamp lily/turks-caps in full sun or high shade, with dappled sunlight. They prefer damp ground. Once established they top six feet in height and are good paired with ironweed (Vernonia novaboracensis) and blue vervain (Verbena hastata).