Lily’s Garden Guide: Tips, Cheats and Strategies for Beginners

Anurag Ghosh

Lily’s Garden is Tactile Games’ new match-3 puzzler that lets you match tiles to revamp a garden. The game is famous for its weird ad, which incidentally has nothing to do with the story. But the advert became viral, spawning several Lily’s Garden memes.  

Lily’s Garden is a story-based puzzle game. Lily’s great aunt passed away, leaving her property to her niece. As she enters her aunt’s huge estate, she is greeted by aunt Mary’s lawyer who reads out a special condition in her will:

Lily has only 30 days to restore the property to its former glory, and if she fails to do so, her inheritance will be cancelled. On her renovation journey, she meets several quirky and mysterious characters. You must help her rebuild aunt Mary’s large estate by completing match-3 puzzle levels. Earn stars and use them to fix up her property.  

With so many addictive puzzles and beautiful hand drawn visuals, Lily’s Garden doesn’t feel stale, in spite of several such games available on the Google Play Store. Check out these tips, cheats and strategies if you need help to solve match-3 puzzle games.    

Lily's Garden

Pay Attention to Tiles Before Matching Them 

Keeping multiple objectives in mind, you should first examine the board to look for tiles that can be matched.  

For example, if the objectives are to clear an X number of pink and purple tiles, then you should check how many pink and purple tiles are adjacent to each other.  

As you already know, you can match a minimum of two or more tiles of the same color to clear them. No matter what the objective is, your priority should be to check a group of same colored tiles stacked next to each other, and then check whether they are close to fulfilling your objectives in some way or the other. You can then start matching them.  

Don’t forget to create power pieces and use them to complete goals. Also, do remember that new tiles fall from above when you clear current tiles on the game board. Start by removing tiles from the bottom of the board to let newer tiles appear. This will lead to more tile-matching opportunities.  

How to Create Power Pieces  

Power Pieces are special power-ups that will help you in completing your objectives faster. With a limited number of moves, it won’t be easy for you to finish all objectives. This is where power pieces can help.  

Creating Power Pieces

When 5-7 tiles are stacked next to each other, their symbols changes that to a rocket. Tap any one rocket tile to create this special “power piece”. Now tap the rocket power up to set it off. The rocket will either clear a row or column, depending on the direction it is facing. If it’s facing upwards, it will clear a column.  

When eight or nine tiles of the same color are placed next to each other, their symbols change to a bomb. Tap one of the bomb tiles and then tap the bomb to remove several tiles around it.  

Ten or more same-colored tiles placed next to each other have a spiral symbol. Tap any spiral tile to create a magic flask. The flask takes the color of the tiles, so if all ten tiles are yellow in color, you will get a yellow flask. Now tap the magic flask and all remaining yellow tiles will be removed from the board.  

Power-Piece Combinations You Should Know  

You can combine two power-pieces when they are placed next to each other. Just tap one of the power-pieces to activate the combo. Here’s a list of all possible Lily’s Garden power-piece combinations:  

Combine the powers of two rockets to create a cross-shaped blast that clears a row and column simultaneously.  

A bomb-rocket combo instantly clears three rows or columns depending on the rocket’s direction.  

Combine two bombs to trigger a bigger explosion. The explosion radius is much larger than a single bomb.  

A rocket-magic flask combo creates magic on the game board. When you combine both, rockets replace tiles whose color is the same as the magic flask. Now all rockets will be launched automatically, removing several rows and columns. Try the same combo with a bomb and flask to clear a lot of tiles from the board.  

Combine two magic flasks to clear the entire board.  

Complete a day’s work to Get a Special Gift 

Each “day” in Lily’s Garden has a set of tasks for players. Complete each task to unlock a special gift box. The task completion bar on your checklist shows how much of the day’s work you have finished so far.  

Finish puzzle levels to get stars and then use them to complete restoration/renovation tasks. Fill the task bar to get a special gift, which may contain coins, boosters or power pieces.  

Don’t Waste Coins  

When you finish a level, you obtain coins. Use them wisely.

If you are just a few tiles away to complete a level and run out of moves, use coins to get five bonus moves. But if you think, that particular level won’t be completed even with a few extra moves, then you shouldn’t waste coins to complete it.

Use Coins to Get Extra Lives

Restart the level as the tiles randomly appear after matching tiles in every new level.  

You can also use coins to purchase power piece boosters and tools once you have used the free ones.  

Use Tools Wisely 

There are two tools in Lily’s Garden: Hand Trowel and the Rake.  

The hand trowel clears a single tile without spending a move. It can be very useful when you want to remove a tile that acts as an obstacle to create a power up or when it blocks the path of a seed packet which needs to be brought down to the bottom of the board.  

The rake can be used to clear a row and column at the same time. Tap the rake and then tap a tile. A row and column on which the tile is placed will be removed. You can use the rake to target that tile which is placed in a row or column full of obstacles or objects that need to be removed to complete a level.  

You can use the rake and trowel tools for free. Spend coins to buy more. Use them only on certain levels that re hard to complete.  

How to get Lives  

A life (heart) refills every 20 minutes, but if you are impatient, you can ask an extra life by sending a request to your FB friends. Connect your game with Facebook and make sure there are friends who are playing this game. Only then you can request lives from them.  

One big benefit of connecting Lily’s Garden to Facebook is that your game progress will be saved on the cloud and you don’t have to worry about losing progress if you have deleted your game on your device. You can download the game on another device, connect it to FB again and start playing levels from where you left them.  

Change Decorations on the Fly 

So, you have restored Lily’s garden, but want to change the decor, because you have a problem with the color combo? Now worries!  

Choose the best decoration

You can easily change decorations – just tap and hold an object. You will see three objects on the bottom of the screen. Tap any one to replace your current decoration. The best part is that you won’t be spending any coins to change the decor of her aunt’s estate. 

Complete Gardening Events to Get Rewards 

The sunflower event appears when you finish level 18. In this event, you will have to grow the largest sunflower in town by completing levels.

Lily's Garden Sunflower Event

Reach growth milestones to receive awesome rewards like infinite lives, boosters, tools and coins.  Make sure you grow the sunflower before the countdown timer runs out.

  1. @All The blue dollars are tickets for Lily’s Gardens newest feature – “Indoor Stories”. Indoor stories lets you decorate Lily’s living room.

  2. I was past day 40 when my ipad crashed. Tech told me no way to retrieve the game played, must start over. Really?

  3. I am on the level where you only have to get rid of one clear bubble No matter what I try I can’t get rid of it. please help!

  4. Hi, my wife has a Fire Tablet, but would like to transfer the game to her new laptop, without losing her position in the game.

    1. While playing Lily’s Garden, make sure you have saved progress by signing in with your Facebook account. Click on settings (cog icon) on the upper right corner of the screen and press the sign in button. Sign in with Facebook to save progress. You can then restore your progress in the new device.

  5. How do the “magic” slides at the bottom of a row work?? They look like the tiles should connect to the next roe but sometimes it doesn’t work ie # 228

  6. I can’t figure out how to
    move the box of seed packets.Rockets and bombs don’t seem to have any effect. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.


  7. How do you get past day 45 See Mr.Rich off at 95%
    I click on the do it tap it shuts the game off.

  8. I can’t get level 289. I’ve tried for days and days and used all my bombs

  9. Hi y’all, can someone please tell me what it means when you get a booster with 30min beside it. Does it mean can’t use for 30 minutes unlimited use for 30 minutes or what? And is there anything you have to do special to use it? Thank you very much for any help y’all can provide.

  10. I’m having problems w/grass! It just grows faster than I can click! Any suggestions? Thank you so very much!

  11. Just started playing. Where is the exit button to leave the game?? I’ve had to restart my Galaxy Tab to get the game to close.

    1. I swipe the base (near my power plug area) to bring up the arrow, home and app buttons. I hit back and it brings me a quit option.

  12. How does the ranking work? My score and level are the same 3409 but I see in the ranking that most scores are higher than their level?

  13. Is the rockets direction determined randomly? Seems like they are deliberately positioned to make the game harder. Like if I need a horizontal rocket, 7 vertical ones appear. It’s like the game is deliberately and maliciously preventing you from advancing.

    1. I notice a little of a pattern. When you click a rocket at the lowest row, where it is touching the bottom of the screen, it will more likely be a horizontal rocket. I am not sure, but I feel that statistically, the higher on the screen you are, the more likely the rocket will shoot vertically. And yes, I believe it isn’t random. On more difficult levels, the rockets tend to more consistently be all the same direction, and not in the direction you need them to be. I hope this helps.

  14. How can I progress if I don’t know how to move the”elements “ in a particular level? For instance I do not understand how to get the seeds to move. Matching tiles all around it does nothing and I waste turns trying. Also on a level which has gold coins (?) and can’t figure out what makes them move. I like this game a lot, but it’s very frustrating at.

    Could someone please respond to my questions.

    Thank you.

    Joan rogers

    1. Joan, on some, you need a bomb or a rocket to destroy things. There are shell like things that can only be blown up. Same with picnic baskets. The packets of seeds just have to be brought to the bottom of the column by removing things under it. I’m only on level 200 some, but some of them have been pretty frustrating.
      Hope that helps some.

    2. @TAG,
      I know it’s been a long time since you answered my question about moving the seeds, but this is the first time I’ve been back here since. Thanks for the hint. I’m currently stuck in a level with the seeds and am spinning my wheels. Definitely going to try to move them down the column.
      Thanks again for responding.

  15. Is there a trick to getting the bombs to go one way or another? Or is the way they show up completely random? It never fails, when I need horizontal bombs, they all show up vertical. Advice?

    1. You can’t flip just one bomb. You can hope to get another bomb that if you set it off in the row the first bomb is on, that will flip that bomb and detonate it at the same time. Hope that makes sense.

      But you probably just want to flip one bomb, and that is a “no.”

      1. Just sucks. EVERY time I need a horizontal one, ALL I get are vertical. Without fail. 🙁

    1. This is for all levels people are struggling with. If you google Lily’s garden walkthrough with the level added ( i.e. Lily’s garden walkthrough level xxxx, it will bring up that level being solved by others who have done It. I find that in general, you need to create boosters as mentioned above to win tough levels. And it can take several tries. Use the unlimited lives wisely.

  16. I’m stuck on level 152. What is the purpose of the five special tiles top and bottom that kind of glow? I’ve never been able to work out how to utilise them. I know they’ll become more and more important…

    Please explain …

    1. These are port holes. The items will fall through those holes so you have to break the rocks to open them up.

  17. Hi All

    just a quick question.. The magic flask. When I get one it is red for instance, before I use it I try and get as many red as i can. When I look again the color of the flask has changed.

    Does it happen to you all as well. I feel like I’m going crazy

    1. That should only happen when you have 2 flasks next to each other…deadly combo. It just doesn’t work with the bricks that has 3 or 4 layers but other than that it clears your entire screen of tiles.

  18. Twice, in the past 2 weeks the game has stopped working. I have updated, but it won’t load back up. I have even uninstalked, and started over at level 1. Now I can’t even get the game to reinstall. What can I do?

  19. Perhaps the question is how to activate accumulated things like bombs, rockets, etc.

  20. I cannot get past level 977 because NO FLASKS APPEAR. I destroy all of the dandelions but if no flasks appear I cannot use 2 of them. I’ve spent hours and lots of money but how to you manipulate the game to make flasks show up?

    1. @Connie, Sorry, I need that answer as well. I’m on level 980 and it looks like I’m going to be here a while. I’ve already spent over $300 bucks just this month alone! And the month before that and the month before that , you get the idea!in my opinion for the money I’ve spent they don’t give enough “freebies”!!

  21. I’m not as far as everyone. Level 271 has got me. I have no coins, no powerups or anything extra – so what’s the trick? I can’t seem to get it done in 40 moves.

    1. Just keep trying. I’ve been on one or two levels where it’s taken a full day to get past it. For the best combo I always work for is the flask and bomb together. It’s frustrating but you’ll get it. I’m on level 2034 and I cannot find a way to clear it at all. Actually came here to see if I could find help lol! Good luck!

    2. @Susan M Luckey, Make sure you are giving helps to the rest of your “Family”; that way you can ask them for help. When you click on the icon for your family, at the bottom right of your game, it will bring up your family; then go to chat, it will show all the people on your team, and any requests they have made for “Help”. When you click on that help request, the game gives you 10 coins, and it does not cost you any of your coins to do so. also if you solve a puzzle for a team member, you will get 200 points and free lives for 15 minutes.

  22. I like this game for the most part. I like the story about the 30 days to fix the property. The problem is that I believe it might take a fortune to get there. Because I do not have a fortune, it may take me years to complete. I am getting for frustrated. It is not relaxing. Because of these reasons, I will probably not be able to complete this game. Very sad.

    1. I haven’t spent a penny and I am on level 2257 but having a hard time passing it. Any ideas.

  23. Hi, i’m on level 1982. I’m also playing the Easter challenge. A few times i’ve got 10 minutes free use of rockets and bombs. But how do I use them? Can’t click on them.

    1. That just means that for 10 minutes you have unlimited rockets and bombs that will form without you strategically putting them together
      You need to take advantage when that happens.. I am also quite far in the game and I don’t make use of any extras.

  24. I have been playing this game for quite a while I am on level 518 and man does this game draaaag. Need more conversation between Luke and Lily to keep us interested. Way to much pause time it gets really boring. Just sayin’. Not sure how much longer I can last at this slow pace and almost impossible hard games. Truly getting ridiculous and redundant.

      1. Could you please give a way to complete level 1639? It calls for 50 bubbles to be cleared, but there are only 48. Thanks

      2. On level 335 the bottom left tile is highlighted and I cant get rid of it. What is special about this tile?

  25. I agree. The makers seem to only want you to spend money and the story doesn’t advance very much at all.

  26. Beyond frustrated…have been stuck on level 49 for a week…still can’t figure out how to redeem coins…I tap on the coin icon at the top of the screen (where it says how many coins I have) but nothing happens…

    1. @Katie, get use to it! I have a feeling the frustration from this game is why now I’m losing my hair! Truth! I am and I’m beginning to get worried!

  27. On level 2217, stuck on columns that I just cannot seem to get past all of them. Get stopped on third every time. Any way to get past, and win?

  28. They must have changed the game, the tiles don’t change to bombs or rockets when enough are stacked next to each other, now you just get them randomly. It’s so ridiculous that they changed it because now the game is even harder! I’ve never played a game that is next to impossible to beat like Lily’s garden, I guess they just got greedy and want you to spend money to advance. Honestly, I hate the game because it’s impossible to beat levels and ended up just deleting it.

    1. I agree. The makers seem to only want you to spend money and the story doesn’t advance very much at all.

  29. How do you access the rewards that are at the bottom of your screen? It doesn’t make sense to have them if you cannot access them. Please respond. Thank you

  30. Never got an answer to my question about how to get the level 1041. You all are just concerned about me signing up.

    1. I just answered your question in your first comment (how to get magic flasks – level 1041). Ticking those three check boxes (including the “notify me of new posts by email” checkbox) before commenting isn’t mandatory. And you can unsubscribe to this website any time. In case you want your name to be removed from the sign-up list or subscription list, just let me know in the comment section or email us at

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  31. I commented on level 1041 in Lilys garden but received no response.
    On how to complete this level when I can’t get any magic flasks?

    1. Level 1041 is a bit difficult to complete because you will have to collect multi-colored or rainbow magic flasks. First let’s try to understand how to get a single colored magic flask. 10-11 tiles of the same color must be adjacent to each other and only then you can create a single-colored magic flask. When 10-11 same-colored tiles are next to each other, you will see their symbols changing to spiral or swirl. Tap on any one spiral tile and create a single color magic flask.

      For example: If there are 10-11 yellow tiles next to each other, their symbols turn into spiral. Tapping on any one such yellow spiral tile will create a yellow magic flask.

      Here’s the toughest part: You don’t need single color magic flasks in level 1041, but multi-colored magic flask to complete this level. To create a multi-colored magic flask, you must create two single color magic flasks and both of them must be adjacent to each other. Now just tap one of these magic flasks to combine them into a multi-color flask and collect it.

    1. There’s no way to determine which way the rocket is going to go before making it as the rocket symbols on the tiles face the same direction (diagonally). Once you make it, you will know the rocket’s direction (horizontal or vertical).

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