Lilies

Asiatic hybrids are one of the easiest to grow and the earliest to flower.

They have masses of open-faced, upward-facing blooms in vivid colours and make a stunning display. Because they are shorter than other hybrids with strong stems, they need no staking. They should be planted a little deeper than other lilies as they form roots above their bulbs. They multiply quickly, producing bulbils (shoots) on their leaf axils, but unfortunately they have no fragrance.

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Oriental hybrids are a cross between L. auratum from Japan and L. speciosum from China and Japan. They’re loved for their bold, bowl-shaped flowers. Deliciously fragrant, they reach a stately height of 1,5–2m and flower in mid to late summer. Bulbs are only available in August.

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Asiflorum hybrids are a cross between L. longiflorum (L) and the Asiatic hybrids (A). They owe their trumpet-shaped flowers, long vase life and vigour to the former, while their bright colours and upward-facing flowers, clustered at the apex of the stem, come from the latter. They grow to a height of 1,3–1,7m

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Tiger lilies are tall beauties that add an exotic touch to the garden with their speckled, pendulous flowers. They produce a profusion of little bulbils which can be planted up in seed trays

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