Scented Lily

This question was asked by
Jessica

I have several planters I would like to grow lilies in. Ideally they need to be very fragrant, no staking is preferable, something pink or purple to fit in with our scheme. Is there anything you would suggest please? Something we can leave in which will flower again next year too. Emphasis on the fragrance really, thanks.

Hi Jessica

If you would like scented lilies, then anything that says ‘Oriental’ in the variety is highly scented. The general rule of thumb is the whiter/lighter the flower, the more fragrant it is (as it attracts insects by its scent rather than colour). However, all oriental lilies have a lovely fragrance.
Please look at the following links for scented lilies, you can filter your search by colour by using the search engine at the top of the page:

Oriental Lilies
Oriental Lilies

Oriental Trumpet Lilies (taller varieties)
Oriental Trumpet Lilies

All lilies can be left outside during the winter and will flower year after year.

The Hart Family

Planting Roselily plants

This question was asked by
Terry E

I will be ordering plants from your web site, before I can would you advise me the maximum number Roselily plants I can plant in a 60cm Dia planter.

Is it OK to plant these Lillies in groups of 3 0r 5 ? in the planter.

Would you advise if it is suitable to fill the planter using Ericaceous soil mixed with John Innes No3 soil?

Is it best to plant the bulbs at the bottom of the planter and then cover to the top with the soil?

Many thanks – Terry

Hi Terry

You need to plant your bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above the top of the bulbs mixing the Ericaceous with John Innes No.3 is perfect. You could plant 9 (3×3) to 10 (5×2) roselily bulbs in this size pot.

The Hart Family

Snowboard Lilies

This question was asked by
Michael G

Could you tell me if you have any snowboard lilies available to buy?

Good morning Michael

We haven’t got lilium Snowboard available this year unforunately but we do have lots of white double oriental lilies and white roselilies. Have you seen these:

Lily ‘Fondu’ (harts10391)

Lily ‘White Tornado’ (harts103912)

Lily ‘My Wedding’ (SKU17722)

Roselily ‘Angela’ (SKU17778)

The Hart Family

Anouska lilies as a xmas gift

This question was asked by
Tony

Are you able to despatch lily bulbs pre Xmas, to form Xmas presents, i.e. receipt 2nd/3rd week Dec. I am interested in the lily Anouska

Hi

All our lilies are dispatched in February ready for planting. We do Gift Certificates if you wish to purchase one of those for a xmas present or you could pre-order your Anouska lilies as a gift and send a card with an image of the Anouska lilies enclosed letting them know what they will receive in February. You can enter the recipient’s name and address in the Shipping field.

The Hart Family

Oriental and trumpet lilies

This question was asked by
Robert M

I have lilies which have been grown in large tubs. The flowers have died off and the leaves are now starting to turn brown. Should I lift the bulb from the pots and store them over winter or leave them in the pots. The pots are quite large and heavy.Any advice will be appreciated

Thanks
Robert

Hi Robert

Leave the lilies where there are – they like a cold dormant phase over winter. Ensure there is plenty of drainage so the bulbs don’t get waterlogged.

Cut the flower head off and leave the foliage and stem to die back naturally. This can all be removed once it has turned brown and hollow.

The Hart Family

Roselilies

This question was asked by
JANE SPREE

I purchased rose lilies from you this year and more at Hampton Court last year – all have been grown in pots and stunning. I’m not sure how to care for them over the coming months – we live in Devon, so its comparatively mild.
Thanks for your help
jane

Hi there,
When the Lily has 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 stems becomes hollow and brown.
Lilies like a cold dormant phase throughout the winter so they don’t need lifting. However, do ensure they have adequate drainage and do not get waterlogged as this will cause the bulbs to rot.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
Hope this helps.

The Hart Family

Anouska lilies

This question was asked by
Isobel

Hi there
my anouska lily flowers have died off,I have to pinch heads off and leave full stalks is this right? I have them in one tub,they were gorgeous and the smell unbelievable,now my question,do I bring my tub inside for winter and when and how far down will I cut stalks fully,I have ordered more different ones for planting Feb,thank you for all your advise this year as it was my first time growing anything, as I only have small balcony and I was so pleased,izzy xx

You’re welcome Izzy – glad to hear how happy you have been. Anouska is just gorgeous isn’t it!

Yes, cut the flower head off and leave the foliage and stem to die back naturally. When it all becomes brown and the stem is hollow, it can all be removed. The stalk should just pull out quite easily at this point or you can cut it off at the surface level if you wish. Lily bulbs like a cold dormant phase and can stand -20°c, they just don’t want to get waterlogged so ensure there is plenty of drainage in your pot.

The Hart Family

Lilies

This question was asked by
Sally-Anne Hoyle

Hello, I live in the Highlands of Scotland, within the Cairngorms National Park.
I purchased lots of lilies from you earlier this year and have planted the majority of them in pots. I think that I was a little late with my planting and some of them have yet to flower and probably will not do so before the first frosts, even though they have lots of buds on them.. How should I treat my lily bulbs going into the winter? Will they survive in their pots? Should I bring the pots inside? What should I do with the ones which have not flowered? The ones which have flowered have been marvellous and I would be sad to loose them. Thank you, Sally-Anne

Hi Sally-Anne

Hopefully your lilies will flower soon, leave them to do their thing this year and allow them to die back naturally. Once everything has died back and turned brown, it can be removed. The bulbs themselves can stay outside during the winter. In fact lilies like a cold dormant phase and can withstand -20°c, they just don’t like to get wet. If the bulbs become waterlogged, they will rot. So ensure there is plenty of drainage. Tilting pots on their side or bringing them under shelter can also help.

The Hart Family

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulbs

This question was asked by
Sharon Chatterton

Hi, I’m after some tree lily bulbs but am assuming that it’s a bit late for planting them out now? If I order now could you tell me when they would be dispatched or am I better waiting until next year to order?

Hi there

You can pre-order your tree lilies now for dispatch in February. We can sell out so sometimes it is best to pre-order them to ensure you get the varieties that you want.

Tree-like Lilies

The Hart Family

Keep Positive And Get Out In Your Garden

We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times and making the most of this glorious weather we are having. We are using this time away from the shows to bring you some videos to watch in the comfort of your own home. We will try and bring you some light-hearted entertainment on how to look after your lilies and other summer flowering bulbs over the coming months. 

Hopefully, with the weather improving now, it’s a great time to spend in the garden! We’re relying more and more on the soothing effect of gardening to
keep us busy and happy. Check out our offers below! 

Happy Gardening! 
The Harts

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