FAQ on growing lilies



How do I plant my lily bulbs?

Lilies are very hardy bulbs. They can tolerate very cold conditions but do not like to get wet. If planting in borders the soil must be free draining and preferably humus rich. Some lilies prefer acid soil, mainly Oriental lilies, and some prefer alkaline mainly Asiatic lilies. It is best to check which soil you have. When planting in pots or tubs you must make sure that they are kept moist but do not get waterlogged. Plant bulbs with 4-6″ (10-15cm) of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14″ (25-35cm) pot, in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. John Innes No.3 is ideal for Lilies also. If it appears too dense, add some horticultural grit to improve drainage.

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Helpful tips on growing lilies


Planting your lilies couldn’t be easier once you have chosen the right soil for the variety.

Simply plant with the growing tip pointing upwards and the roots below and cover the top of the bulb with 4-6” (10-15cm) of soil. 

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14” (25-35cm) ‘patio type’ pot. You can plant more in a larger pot or less in a smaller pot. It really depends on the display you would like to achieve. You can also stagger the planting, using different lilies to achieve different heights.

Which lilies are best for your garden


Luscious Lilies for your garden pots or borders

Whether you’re a fan of scented or unscented; tall or short; subtle or bold colours, there’s a  lily for everyone. I often get asked how to choose a lily and I guess this is where I start…

Where are you thinking of planting your lilies?

Asiatic Lilies

Firstly, where would you like to grow your lilies? Pots or garden borders? If you’re planning on planting up your lily bulbs in pots for your patio (or making a pot feature around your garden), then the world is your oyster when it comes to lily choice. This is because different lilies like different soil types. Therefore, you can choose any lily and just mix up the right soil/compost for it. Lilies are generally happy in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. This leads me to the next question…

Lilium Majestic Joy

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Which lilies are scented?


Eyeliner Longiflorum x Asiatic Lily with slight fragrance.
Samantha Roselily
Scented Roselily Samantha

How to tell if a lily will be scented or not

There are many different types of lilies, some that are scented and some that are not. Oriental Lilies do tend to carry the strongest fragrance although other varieties can have just as strong a perfume. Oriental x Trumpets, Longiflorums, Trumpets and Double Orientals including Roseilies all carry a fantastic perfume. Continue reading

Pollen free white lilies

This question was asked by
Angela B

Good Afternoon
I would like to grow white pollen free lilies in a pot and would appreciate knowing which is best, the only ones I had heard of were My Wedding but found another listed. Also do lilies have a single bloom from each bulb or multi flowers?
Thank you
Kind regards
Angela Booty

Hi Angela

Each bulb/stem can produce multiple flower heads.
We have quite a few white, double oriental lilies including Roselilies which are a newer variety that are pollen-free with a gorgeous scent:

Lily ‘Empress’ (SKU177222)

Empress Lily

Lily Empress

Lily ‘Fondu’ (harts10391)

Lily Fondu

Lily ‘Humber’ (harts103911)

Lily Humber

Lily ‘My Wedding’ (SKU17722)

Lily My Wedding

Lily ‘White Tornado’ (harts103912)

Lily White Tornado

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Roselily Aisha

Roselily ‘Angela’ (SKU17778)

Roselily Angela

Roselily ‘Dejima’ (SKU17989)

Roselily Dejima

Roselily ‘Leona’ (SKU17786)

Roselily Leona

Roselily ‘Monica’ (SKU17619111)

Roselily Monica

All are equally stunning, it just depends on your personal preference.

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Flame Lily (Gloriosa) colours available

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Hi we want to buy some flame lily (Gloriosa ) tubers. Do you have the yellow ones as well as the red ones if so how do we order different colours They must be tubers

HI Roland

I’m afraid we only have the red ones. You can purchase them here:

Gloriosa | The Flame Lily (SKU17645)


The Flame Lily

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Lilium Speciosum var. album.

This question was asked by
Stella S

I am trying to source Lilium Speciosum var. album.

I wonder if this is a lily that you may be stocking at some point.
Thank-you for your help with this query.
Kind regards,
Stella Sinden

Hi Stella

We have Lily ‘Speciosum Var. Rubrum Uchida’ not Var. Album. A beautiful softly scented specie lily.

Lily ‘Speciosum Var. Rubrum Uchida’ (SKU17761)

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Roselily Annika

This question was asked by
Kate M

I am keen to purchase Roselily Annika but it would appear that it is not available to purchase individually.
Can you confirm that it is to be included in the collection?
Many thanks

Hi there,

I am afraid not, the collection will contain a mixture of the roselilies we have in stock. if there is a particular variety you would like to include, please leave a note in the comments box and we will try our best to add it for you if it is in stock.

If you like Annika, have you seen Leona? That is very similar.

I have linked it below for you to have a look at.

Roselily ‘Leona’ (SKU17786)

‘Roselily’ Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs) (SKU17653)

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Delivery time

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Hi i would like to buy some lily bulbs. When I go to checkout it only gives me February as a dispatch date? Am i able to get them sooner ?

These are the ones i would like to buy.

Lily \’Accolade\’
Roselily\’ Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs)
Lily \’Forza Red\’
Lily \’Netty\’s Pride\’

Many thanks

Hi there,

Our lily bulbs will be dispatched from February onwards. This is when our crops are available.

Kind regards

The Hart Family


This question was asked by
jamie – 

Good day I wanted to find out when the gypsophila will be in stock?

Hello there

Yes our Gypsophila is back in stock for you to pre-order now. We have 2 varieties, one white and one pink. They will be ready for dispatch in the next month,

Gypsophila Flamingo (Pack of 3 Bare roots) (SKU180561)

Gypsophila White ‘Fairy perfect’ (Pack of 3 Bare Roots) (SKU18056)

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This question was asked by
Doris Slingsby

I would like to purchase 8 Cardiocrinum bulbs and hope that they will be as mature and therefore as successful as the ones I bought from you in 2018! They were a real show stopper, thank you very much.
Please advise of availability,
kind regards,
Doris Slingsby

Hi Doris

Yes we have top-size Cardiocrinum bulbs available to purchase online.
These do sell out pretty quick.

Cardiocrinum Giganteum (SKU17816)

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Cardiocrinum giganteum

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Bonfire begonia in orange/red

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I would like to know if you have bonfire
begonias in a orange for spring in
corm or young plants.

We have the Double and Pendula varieties of Begonias in orange and red.

Begonia Double Red (Pack of 5) (SKU1782522)
Begonia Double Orange (Pack of 5) (SKU1782524)
Begonia Pendula Red (Pack of 5) (SKU17828)
Begonia Pendula Orange (Pack of 5) (SKU17825)

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Growing tree Lilies in limestone

This question was asked by
david brown

Do you have Tree Lilies that will thrive on Portland Dorset, we are limestone based really.

Tree lilies are happy in any well-drained soil type. Alternatively, they can be planted in pots.

We have lots of tree lilies here:
Tree-like Lilies

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