This question was asked by
Shirley T

Not grown Lilies for years, you have such a lovely variety… I’m tempted but do they have to be dug up at the end of the year, like dahlias and begonias or can they be left in the ground. I’ve just dug up a bamboo plant, which took over the garden, and would like to plant something in its place.

Hi Shirley
No lilies can stay where they are over winter. They can withstand minus 20 degrees so they are absolutely fine.


The Hart Family

Just a thank-you!

This question was asked by
Ruth R

Dear Hart Family,
I received your parcel safely today – beautifully packed, and larger than I had expected…. but when I opened it I was beyond delighted! I have never received such a generously large dahlia bulb in all my years of gardening! An absolute knockout! Thank-you so much for such beautiful healthy-looking bulbs. I am longing to see the results. Warmest wishes,
Ruth Richardson

You’re very welcome Ruth – thank you for taking the time to email us.

The Hart Family


This question was asked by
Ingeborg R

Firstly may I thank you for everything Which I have purchased so far from you ,which has been magnificent I was wondering if you could either supply me with canna Ingeborg? Thanking you in anticipation 🐝

Hi there,

You’re very welcome. We only have 2 Canna’s available, they are:
Pink Canna (Pack of 3) (SKU180601)

Red Canna (Pack of 3) (SKU18060)

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Daffodil bulbs

This question was asked by
M. Ann knight –  

Tips on how and when to plant spring daffodil bulbs soil etc and how to look after them.

Hi there

Daffodils bulbs need planting in the autumn for spring flowering. Find a location with well-drained soil. Daffodils will not thrive in water-logged areas.
Daffodils like to receive full sun for most of the day.
If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs with their pointed tops 10-15cm (4-6″) below the soil surface with smaller bulbs placed more shallowly than larger ones. Space the bulbs 7-10cm (3-4″) apart. Allow 4 to 5 bulbs per square foot.
If planting in Pots, find a large container and fill it with good-quality, well-drained soil. Ensure there is adequate draining holes.
Plant in the Autumn, September through November.
After planting, water the Daffodils well, gently soaking the soil to settle it around the bulbs.
Daffodils will flower early Spring.

After flowering has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off.
The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulbs for the future.
Water as needed during active growth periods.
By mid summer the leaves may yellow and die back.
Foliage may be removed at this point.

The Hart Family

Blue dahlia

This question was asked by
Robert P –  

Last year you had blue dahlias. I am looking for a true blue one any ideas?


Hi Robert

The closest blue dahlia we have is called Veritable. If you google it you will see the slight colour variations you can get with it. Our website image looks more purple but it is classed as blue.

The Hart Family

Freesia bulbs

This question was asked by
Laura S

Hi there
I recently received my order and the freesia bulbs were already sprouting. I wasn’t planning to plant them for another month due to possible frost but I’m concerned if I don’t get them in now they will be no good. Is this what you would expect? What would you suggest?
Thanks in advance

Hi Laura

You can store your freesias somewhere cool and dry and they should be fine.

Freesias Mixed (SKU1782011)

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Peony red flame

This question was asked by
Sandra N

Once again thank you very for your prompt and beautifully packaged plant.
I am planting my peony in a 45 cm pot and was wondering whether to use John Innes nr3 compost.
Thank you so much.

Yes John Innes No3 If perfect for planting Peonies in pots. Ensure there is adequate drainage.

The Hart Family

Gloriosa – which way up?

This question was asked by

When planting should the tip of the rhizome that seems to be budding be down in the soil or just peeking out
Want to be sure as not sure how from the instructions supplied
Many thanks

HI Manick

Yes you need to point this sprouting end of the gloriosa downwards but on a 45 degree angle. Hope this helps.

The Hart Family

Order of bulbs

This question was asked by
Sue L – 

Just received another great delivery of luscious Lily bulbs. Looking forward to the wonderful colour and scent they will bring to my garden.
Trying some Dahlia tubers and a ginger lily this year. Hoping horticultural shows will be starting soon. Thank you so much.

Hi Sue

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and taking the time to email us. Fingers crossed for the summer and autumn shows – we are currently preparing for a few later spring shows and Hampton Court as well.

The Hart Family

Hymenocallis Bulbs

This question was asked by
Paula S

I have recently purchased 2 bulbs which I would like to plant in a container. Would you be kind enough to advise the size of the container, can both bulbs be planted in the same container and should I use John Innes No 2 compost with added grit.
Many thanks in advance for your advice.

Kind regards
Paula Simmonds

Hi there,
Ye, I would plant your 2 x Hymenocallis Bulbs into a 16-18 inch pot to allow for the foliage.

Yes John Innes No2 is fine. Added grit is always preferably to ensure the water is free draining and the bulbs don’t rot.

The Hart Family