Position – Part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Tender to half hardy
Lilium are bulbous perennial plants with tall, erect stems that showcase sporadic growing foliage and clusters of bowl or trumpet-shaped blooms, often releasing a sweet fragrance during summer. Lilium are produced in a range of colours including white, yellow, orange and red. They are best suited to city and courtyard gardens within an informal garden setting, making a great addition to pots and containers. You should expect to see Lilium grow to an approximate height of 60-90cm (24-36”) and a spread of 30cm (12”).
Lilium are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of loam within an acidic PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of part shade, sheltered from intense midday heat. Amend heavy soil with a generous amount of organic matter as this will improve drainage whilst nourishing the native planting area. Dig a hole that is the same depth and width as your bulb with the tip pointing upward. Space companion plants with enough space to spread as they mature. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.
Throughout active growth water Lilium freely especially during periods of drought. Ensure the roots are kept cool and are not exposed to direct sunlight. Apply a high potassium liquid feed every fortnight throughout active growth to improve the quality and healthy of both flowers and foliage. Leave the foliage in place until it starts to turn brown as this will absorb energy for the following season. Apply a mulch during the winter to retain moisture levels whilst suppressing weeds.
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