Like clockwork, surprise lilies, also known as “naked ladies” are making their annual appearance.
The perennial flowers sport lovely foliage early in the season, which disappears with the summer’s heat.
By late July or early August, pink flowers tinged in blue simultaneously pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. Other names, including magic lily and resurrection lily, are fitting, as well.
The blossoms make elegant, long-lasting bouquets and the plants are hardy in Iowa, growing well in full sun or even partial shade.