I purchased some lilies from you at the Harrogate Spring Show

This question was asked by
Anne W

The lilies I purchased had shoots about an inch/inch and a half. When I planted the bulbs on my return home I followed the instructions and buried the whole thing six inches deep.
Should I have buried the shoots or left them exposed as there is no sign of anything growing?

Hi there,

Yes it sounds about right what you have done. You need to plant the bulbs with 4-6inches above the top of the bulb. The shoots will find their way. Ensure you have planted them in well-drained soil or they will rot and in a sunny position (not shaded). I’m sure you will see them pop out of the soil surface soon as long as they are in the right conditions.

Lily Bulbs

The Hart Family

Bringing on lilies

This question was asked by
Roxanne l A

What is the best type of medium to plant lilies in when force starting indoors before moving into the garden?

You could try planting your lilies in a warm sunny position, like a glass house, windowsill of a conservatory etc.

Use John Innes No3 mixed with a multipurpose compost ensuring the pot has drainage holes. You can then feed your lilies with a diluted tomato feed.

Water regularly.


Lilies growing under glass

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Lily ‘Robina’

This question was asked by
Robina W

I have 3 Lily Robina in a pot. They have nice new sturdy shoots growing alongside the old stems but they also have many small groups of leaves growing as little plants. Can I repot them? Will they become true Lily Robina plants?

Hi Robina

They are baby bulblets that are forming on the side of the main bulbs. It’s probably time to divide your bulbs and replant them all. The bulblets probably won’t produce any flowers for a few years. I would wait now until your lilies have died back this year before you divide them. By the end of Autumn would probably be best the time.


Robina Lilies

The Hart Family

Large Lily Flower Heads

This question was asked by
Riki B

Which varieties of lilies has the largest flowers? Not including the giant lilies please.

Hi Riki

The Oriental Lilies will have the largest flower heads if you are not wanting the tree lilies.

Oriental Lilies

Have a look at Casa Blanca, Auratum goldband or Homerus, these are good varieties with large flowers.

Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ (harts1091)

Lily ‘Auratum Gold Band’ (harts1001)

Lily ‘Homerus’ (SKU17686)

Casa Blanca

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This question was asked by

I am widowed and retired, a gardener not……Are there perennials that will appear throughout the year.

All our bulbs are perennials and they will come back each year. Depending on which bulbs you plant will depend on what time of year they will flower. Our website will tell you when each bulb’s flowering period is.


Start by looking in the Spring Planted Bulbs and Lilies Categories – these will flower this summer. Then you will need to look at the Autumn Planted Bulbs and these will flower int the Spring.

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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.

The Hart Family

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)

Lily ‘Speciosum Var. Rubrum Uchida’

The Hart Family

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)

Roselily Leona

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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.

Lily Accolade

Kind regards

The Hart Family