How do I care for lilies in my garden after flowering?

This question was asked by
P. Chislett – 

Hi, it was good to see Loraine on television the other night at the show, now is that right that after flowering we are to cut of the flowering stalks. So miss seeing you at RHS Chelsea and now have to contend with having my beautiful lilies sent by post. Thank you very much.

Hi Patrick

Hope you are well. Hopefully we will be back at Chelsea next year.

Loraine on the BBC

BBC Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 2021: Episode 1:

Yes cut the lily flower heads off from just below the flower and leave the stem and foliage to die back naturally. This will feed the bulb for the following year. You’ll notice the stem will turn brown and hollow, at this point you can remove it.

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Madonna lilies

This question was asked by
Maria T –

We would like to know what kind of soil Madonna lilies require. We live in the north of England and are having trouble making them flower. Thank you

Hi Maria

Madonna Lilies prefer an alkaline soil if they are planted in the garden but you can use a good-quality multipurpose compost with added horticultural grit if you are planting them in the pots.

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

Madonna Lily

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Stock availability – especially Lilies

This question was asked by
Aline P

Hi. I really hope that the out of stock status on every item I clicked today was due to robust sales; brilliant if this is the case especially after the lack of shows in which to show your wonderful displays.
I’ve a number of your lilies in beds and also in pots ready for planting out, but would really appreciate a dozen more plants suitable for cutting – especially scented plants that will go into one of my newly set up cutting flower beds in my vegetable garden. Everything I clicked today showed out of stock. I’m not particularly fussy for soil type as am lucky enough to have neutral and acidic (no alkaline) soil, but would like a selection suitable for cutting within the next year or two. Do you have any bulbs that would fit this brief that I could bury into the beds now before I start positioning the annuals?
Kind regards
Aline Phelps

Hi Aline

Yes any of the orientals or oriental hybrids will work well in your garden. I have just put all our stock back online:

Oriental Lilies

Oriental Trumpet Lilies

Double Oriental Lilies


Longiflorum Oriental Lilies

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Great bulbs

This question was asked by
Theresa G

Just to let you know my bulbs arrived, in great condition. Thank you.
Can’t wait for them to flower!!!

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

Lily Bulbs

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Sunny Robyn lilies

This question was asked by
Christine C –

Could you tell me if you sell sunny robyn lilies please. Also if you do can you tell me how to order?
Thank you

Unfortunately we do not have that variety of lily but we have Sunny Martinique which I think is quite similar. You can order through our website by clicking on the link below:

Lily ‘Sunny Martinique’ (SKU17896)

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This question was asked by
Amanda porter

Hi , Had some lily the flower died so pulled the leaves off and left the green leaves in water , it started to shoot and a flower grow but looks nothing like a lily , it is a pink in colour but can not add a photo of it to this email , can you help

Please send an photo by reply to this email and I’ll see if I can help.

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Pollyanna Lily

This question was asked by
O. Lovett

Do you have (or know where I can get) any Pollyanna Lily bulbs?

I’m afraid it’s not a lily we stock. We have many other Asiatic lilies:

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colours of lillies i have received

This question was asked by
W. Adshead

what are these colours please

Hi there,
Manifesto and Tissento were both special show varieties for last year, and therefore we do not have them on our website but the other 2 varieties can be found by clicking on the links below.

Lilium Manisfesto is a deep pink Oriental Lily.

Lilium Tissento is a white Oriental Trumpet Lily.

Lilium Cali
Cali (harts10641)

Lilium Dalian
Dalian (SKU17770)

I hope this helps.
Kind regards

The Hart Family

Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs)

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Can you tell me if these bulbs are individually packaged please as I would like to plant them separately into containers.
Many thanks,
Cynthia Taitt

Hello there,
The Collections are not packaged individually as they are sold at a discounted price. If you would for them kept separately, you can mention this on your order in the comments section. Do let me know if you have already ordered (and quote your order number) and if it hasn’t already left us, I can make a note for the nursery team to do this for you.

Many thanks

The Hart Family