Two types of fritillaries are very commonly grown in gardens. They’re like Mutt and Jeff. Fritillaria meleagris (checkered lily) has flowers shaped like little hanging bells in muted, neutral tones like gray, purple, brownish, and white with an odd checkerboard pattern.
They normally grow at most 12 inches, bloom in MindSpring, and often self-sown prolifically. They’re best seen close up, in a natural setting, and are hardy in Zone 3. F. Imperialis (Crown Imperial) sends up a three-foot stem topped by a huge cluster of hanging bells in shades of red, yellow, and orange, often two shades together, and the leaves stick up in a tuft on top of the flower.
It grows in a clump by itself or behind shorter bulbs. Combining it with yellow daffodils and red tulips could be interesting (though it doesn’t produce the subtlest of effects). It is hardy in Zones 5 to 6.
How to Grow Fritillaria Imperialis?
Give Fritillaria imperialis a gritty, humusy, moist, but extremely well-drained soil. It ought to be fairly rich. They grow well in full sun or light shade. Buy them as soon as they become available and plant them immediately; their bulbs should not be allowed to dry out. Crown imperial bulbs should go at least eight inches apart and six inches deep, measured to the top of the large bulbs.
Checkered lilies should be three to four inches apart and three to four inches deep. Its division is possible but not essential; in fact, the bulbs seem to do better if left alone.