Toad lilies have become increasingly popular in the last few years, as gardeners have fallen in love with their orchid-like blooms. Toad lilies bloom in late summer or early fall, providing an exotic display just when other flowers are dying back.
Most Popular Colors: Purple, blue, yellow, white.
Blooming Season: Late summer to early fall.
Soil Preferences: Rich, slightly acidic soil.
Climate Preferences: Toad lilies are winter-hardy in areas in which the winters don't drop below 0 degrees.
Sun Exposure: Shade.
Landscaping Tips: Where to plant these small-but-magnificent flowers? Anywhere with shade. Toad lilies prefer a woodland setting, but shade provided by overhanging trees or structures will work.
Planting: Plant astilbe 18 to 24 inches apart, and water in well.
Water toad lilies generously (twice per week or more) to keep the plants constantly, uniformly moist.
Consider adding mulch to control weeds - toad lilies will love being watered, but unwanted growers will sprout with the same exuberance.