How to plant and grow Nerines

Nerines, also known as the Guernsey Lily or Autumn Lily, are the perfect addition to any garden with their ‘Firework’ shape and long flowering period throughout the Autumn months. Just as the other summer flowers begin to fade, you can rely on the lily-like shaped Nerine to come into action bringing clusters of multiple, long-stemmed frilly flowers. Nerines are extremely rewarding and will flower every year for many years to come.

Planting nerines in the garden

Nerines are happy to be planted in the spring for a late summer to early autumn display of colour. Locate your permanent position to plant your Nerines preferably in a sunny spot where you know they won’t be disturbed.

Planting Nerines in swathes of 3 or more bulbs will produce a lovely floral display. Space each bulb 20cm (8″) apart and ensure to plant them with their neck above ground.

Harts’ Hint
“Nerines thrive on a lack of disturbance and being planted in a sunny area. Do not fear if these autumn beauties take a little longer to flower, once they do they’ll be worth the wait!”

Planting Nerines in pots

If planting in pots, plant your bulbs using a mixture of 50% multipurpose compost and 50% loam-based compost such as John Innes No.2. As with planting in the garden, plant the bulbs with their necks above the soil surface.

caring for nerines

  • Nerines do not like to be disturbed so establish a decent position from the off and avoid moving them. 
  • Protect in very cold areas with a mulch over winter. 
  • Don’t worry if the flowering is not brilliant the first year, its just establishing itself. Be patient and you will see results in 12-18months. 
  • Do not divide Nerine bulbs as they prefer to become quite congested and grow in clumps. 

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Help with deciding on scented lilies

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H. Cole

Hello i would like to order about four varieties of lilies but would like some suggestions on the most beautifully scented ones with very large flowers.



Hi Henriette

We have lots of varieties to choose from. The most scented lilies are the white oriental lilies.
Oriental Lilies
The whiter the flower the more fragrant it is as they attract the wildlife by their scent rather than colour.

Have you seen the roselilies? These are beautiful double-headed flowers and are highly scented also.
However, if you are after larger flower blooms, then the oriental trumpet lilies are the largest in size and height. These are called tree lilies due to their height. Nymph is a gorgeously scented lily:
Oriental Trumpet Lilies

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