One of the great aspects of perennial gardening is the way the plants expand from year to year. (This is not a profound discovery, just a process that is enjoyable and rewarding to observe.) Today's example is the Lilium Asiatic "Corrida" hybrid lily that I planted in the left front border two years ago. This year it has expanded to two full-size stalks and one new smaller stalk:
Each stalk produces more flowers from year to year. I counted (and re-counted) 17 buds and blooms on this stalk alone:
Without question, each individual blossom is stunning and worthy of attention on its own:
For comparison, take a look at this hybrid lily post from last year. The mutiplication that is occurring over time is dazzling and delightful. Gardening doesn't get much better than this!
(Of course there are also those aggressive plants that provide "The Trials of Perennial Expansion" -- the liriope that dominates the right front border comes to mind -- but that's another post for another time.)