White highly scented lilies

This question was asked by
David A Campbell

What is the best variety for white, highly scented lilies?

Hi there,
As a rule of thumb, the white oriental lily varieties have the strongest scent. If you would like a taller variety, then the Oriental Trumpet lilies (also known as Tree lilies) will produce large flower heads and can reach up to and/or over 6ft in height. I would suggest Zambesi for this variety. We also have shorter lily varieties, like the Roselilies or the Oriental lilies. These can reach up to 100-120cm in height depending on which you choose. We have plenty of white ones, including Lilium Bodyguard or Lilium Casa Blanca, which are gorgeous Oriental lilies. The Roselilies are without stamen but still produce a gorgeous perfume, I would recommend Roselily Aisha or Roselily Kathinka. Hope this helps.

Loraine Hart

Availability of Shocking – OT Lily

This question was asked by
Jill Taylor

I’m looking for the Lily’Shocking’ bulbs.
Have purchased before from you at RHS shows.
If I’m correct this has the most intoxicating scent…divine!
Please can you advise me of availability & price.
Many thanks
Jilly Taylor.

Hi Jill

Yes you’re correct – the Oriental Trumpet Lily ‘Shocking’ does have a stunning scent and appearance. You can order them from us for delivery at the Feb/beginning of March.
Shocking (harts1026)
Kind regards
Loraine Hart

What lilies are scented?

There are many different types of lilies, some that are scented and some that are not. Oriental Lilies do tend to carry the strongest fragrance although other varieties can have just as strong scent. Oriental x Trumpets, Longiflorums, Trumpets, Double Orientals all carry a fantastic smell. Martagon Lilies also carry a scent but this is very different to the other varieties. If you are looking for lilies that don’t carry a very strong scent or no scent at all then choose Asiatic Lilies or Longiflorum x Asiatic Lilies. Although they are not scented like other lilies, they always give a great impact with unusual and bright colours.

Eyeliner Longiflorum x Asiatic Lily with slight fragrance.

Eyeliner Longiflorum x Asiatic Lily with slight fragrance.