Lilies are stand out flowers, they are not shrinking violets but rather trumpet their arrival to all around. Well-draining soil is a must and the majority prefer sun.
Oriental lily bulbs
Beloved by florists are the Oriental types - these oriental lily bulbs are where the fragrance comes first.
Many people are wary of the pollen on these lilies, as it can stain clothes and if ingested by cats is poisonous. However, lily stamens can easily be snipped off and cats very rarely eat things that are bad for them! For more info read our guide to pet friendly house plants.
In recent years, pollen-free varieties have been introduced. The Roselily double lilies are stunning with no pollen in sight.
Asiatic lily bulbs
Asiatic lilies are the winners when it comes to bold colours. Combined with a unique flower structure, hardiness and perennial flowering this variety is a popular choice. Gorgeous in a 'hot border' with other exotics such as cannas.
Blooming mostly in July and August, lilies really do fill a gap between the luscious June borders and late summer colour.
Tree lily bulbs
For a truly prima donna performance, tree lilies are an awe-inspiring addition to any garden. They are a cross between Oriental and Asiatic and bring with them sweet fragrance and fantastic colours. Growing to over 2 metres they make a sensational statement in your borders. Try our Tree Lily Bulb Collection for a real taste of these border stars.
Add a touch of theatre to your garden with lilies everyone will love!
Where to plant lily bulbs
Ideally, lily bulbs should be planted in full sun with a little dappled shade for part of the day.
- Well-drained soil is essential
- Protect from strong winds
- Plant where the perfume will be appreciated – near doors, windows or outdoor seating areas
How to grow lily bulbs
To successfully grow lily bulbs:
- Plant in the autumn or early spring
- Plant 10 to 23cm deep and 23 to 38 cm apart
- Mulch lightly with compost after planting
- Water regularly during dry spells but take care not to over-water as this may cause the bulbs to rot
- Remove spent flower stems
- Leave the yellowing leaves to die down naturally
- Please note that lilies do not tend to grow to full height in their first year