Crocus collections

Crocus collections

Favourite lily collection

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes no2
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Other features: excellent cut-flowers
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Lilies are well-loved for both the garden or the vase and here we have put together some of our personal favourites.

    In each collection you will receive one bulb of each of the following cultivars.

    Lilium regale 'Album': An incredibly popular variety with large, almost pure white trumpets with orange anthers. This is a form of Lilium regale, which does not have the pink flush to the outside of the petals, but it has retained every ounce of the sumptuously strong scent of its parent. A great choice for white borders, and looks spectacular at night when the flowers really seem to glow. Grows to 150cm.

    Lilium speciosum var. rubrum: In late summer and early autumn sprays of large, fragrant, deep carmine-pink flowers with purple-brown stems are produced. The flowers are usually pendant and similar to a turkscap lily, although larger. This lily needs moist, acid soil in partial shade to thrive, so is perfect for naturalising in woodlands. Grows to 150cm.

  • Lilium 'Hyawatha': Deep red trumpet-shaped flowers top the sturdy stems of this beautiful asiatic lily in summer. Impossible to miss when planted in a mixed border, this dynamic cultivar was first introduced in the 1970's and is still going strong today. Incorporate it into a 'hot' themed colour scheme, or try it with a rich dark purple for a 'wow-factor' display. Grows to 120cm.

  • Garden care: Lilies can be planted at any time from early autumn, to mid-spring. Planting in autumn often helps them settle in and become better established before they start to put on their new spring growth, but spring planting is a better option if your soil is heavy and wet during winter. Choose a sunny spot, preferably where the plant receives a little light shade at its base, and plant each bulb 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil, enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould. Space them at approximately 30cm (12") intervals and provide support before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms promptly and cut the dead stems back to ground level at the end of autumn.

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