Info on lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Trevor Heaton

“Jisca” and “Signum” lily bulbs – Can you tell me the height roughly of each please and do both prefer acidic soil? My soil is very clayey so I am tempted to put them in to pots.

Jisca and Signum will both reach about 90cm tall.

Planting in pots would be perfect for these varieties. We would suggest using an ericaceous soil. Happy planting.
Loraine Hart


This question was asked by
Mrs. Beryl Matthews

I have today purchased some Allium bulbs from your stand at the RHS Tatton Flower show. What time of year is the best time to plant them and do they need to be kept in a cool dark place until they are planted?

You’ll need to plant your Alliums in the Autumn. Please keep them somewhere cool and dry in the meantime.

Loraine Hart

Aftercare for Lilies

This question was asked by
Sandra Hannington

I purchased lily bulbs from you earlier this year, just put them in pots and have had the most magnificent display of lily flowers, which I am still enjoying. It seems so much return for so little effort on my part so far. But when they have finished flowering what should I then do to achieve a similar display next year. They have given so much pleasure I feel I need to reward them for a promise of future flowers.

I’m so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your lilies – they’re fantastic aren’t they?
When the Lilies have finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until the stems become hollow and brown. You’ll simply be able to remove it by hand and throw away. Lilies like a cold dormant phase, leave them where they are and they should show a good display the following year. If they are in pots, just make sure they don’t get waterlogged. Hope this helps.

Loraine Hart

White lilies.

This question was asked by
Lynne Edwards

Last year I was given a bouquet of white lilies, which had a sweet, not overpowering, scent like most lilies seen in florist shops.Might it be a longifolium crossed with an oriental lily? Might it be called an Easter lily?
I am trying to obtain some, but only if with a delicate scent. Please advise.

All longiflorums and Longiflorum x Oriental lilies do carry a sweeter scent than other varieties. I would recommend trying White Triumph or Gizmo bulbs.

Loraine Hart

Flowering periods of lilies

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Could you please recommend a late and long flowering Lily, in Red, Orange, and Yellow?

Oriental lilies are the latest flowering lilies. However, the longest flowering are the double oriental lilies and roselilies but these do not come in the colours you have mentioned.

Loraine Hart

Yes! It’s another GOLD and the Sun is out!

We have another lovely week ahead of sunshine down at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show! And we’ve received another glorious GOLD medal with our pyramid-style exhibit of lilies in the Floral Marquee! Our outside garden display in the Plant Village has also gained 5 GOLD Flowers! We couldn’t be happier!
This annual RHS Show is set in the grounds of Hampton Court, Henry VIII’s majestic palace, in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, London. It really is a lovely day out for all with gorgeous gardens, fabulous florals and fantastic shopping in an unforgettable setting. Why not have a glass of Pimms sitting along the river to top off your day?

Lily display
The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is on all week until Sunday 9th July. We have a great collection of lilies still to buy and many other favourite garden bulbs. Allium Globemaster is proving very popular in our outside garden.
Plant Village Display