Bonus: These pretty flowers help to attract hummingbirds, too.

By Southern Living
August 19, 2019
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Soaking up as much time as you can in your garden this summer? We're with you.

While you may have hydrangeas and azaleas galore, there's one more flower we love adding to our yard's bounty—and now's the season to plant them. Say hello to the lavender-pink wonder that is the magic lily, more formally referred to as Lycoris squamigera. (You may also know these gorgeous blooms as the resurrection lily or surprise lily.)

Related: These are the Best Plants for Attracting Birds and Pollinators to Your Garden

As House Beautiful recently revealed, now's the ideal time to plant the bulbs, with the sweet spot falling somewhere between August and October—depending on what gardener you ask. Following planting, the flowers take a season to "settle in and bloom," as writer Elizabeth Gulino puts it. They're well worth the time waiting though, since they'll be a boon for your backyard, not only for their beauty, but also for their ability to help attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your space.

Green thumbs: Has the magic lily already earned a spot in your garden? We're excited to offer these beauties a coveted spot in our yard for many seasons to come.

This article originally appeared on Southern Living by Perri Ormont Blumberg.

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