St. Croix, WI
A sunny border of lilies, at the edge of the lawn provides bright, midsummer color with very little fuss. This photo, by Amy Dickinson, shows her Orientals and Trumpets just beginning to open their flowers in the middle and rear of the bed for a sucession of bloom.
If you use automatic sprinklers to water your lawn, locate your lily bulbs just outside their reach. Lilies only need about one inch of water per week in sandy soils, less if the ground is heavier, or mulched with bark. If you, or Mother Nature, sends too much moisture, the lower lily leaves will turn yellow and drop. Cut back on watering or move bulbs in fall to a better drained location.