Growing lilies in pots is a great way to add a pop of colour to your gardens. You can then choose to keep them in their pots or replant them into your flower beds throughout the growing season.
For best results put your pots in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day and ensure the soil is well drained. Lilies don’t like standing in water! In fact, you only need to keep them moist, sometimes water every few days, meaning in rainy periods you may not have to water them much at all.
Dwarf lilies/Pot Lilies and other short stemmed lilies tend to be popular as pot choices as they fill out with flowers. If you want taller plants, Asiatics, Orientals and Trumpet lilies can grow nice and tall with an abundance of flowers on the top. Just check the height of each variety as they can vary. Our website gives you the average height for each lily.
Ensure your pot is big and heavy enough as some varieties can become tall with lots of flower heads, this will prevent them from falling over from strong winds. You can add rocks or pieces of broken pots to the bottom to help with your drainage . If you don’t have sufficient drainage in your pots your plants could rot. Once your lilies have flowered and died back ready for their cold-dormant stage through-out the winter months, it’s a good idea to tilt your pots on their side to prevent waterlog. More advice can be found on our website.
Hopefully everyone has had beautiful lilies this year in their garden. The ‘Tree-like lilies‘ have been fantastic, there are so many new varieties. The perfume is wonderful. These extremely tall lilies tower above the shrubs in borders with sturdy stems and an abundance of blooms.
So, if your lilies have bloomed, now is the time to dead head them. Cut just below the last bloom leaving the stem to die back completely, this feeds the bulb for the following year making the bulb bigger, producing more blooms. Wait until the autumn to repot. Lilies should be re potted every three years. The little bulblets you find can also be potted to produce blooms in a few years time! Remember to keep your lilies well drained over winter. This is really important or they will rot. Tip pots on their side or place them on a couple of house bricks. We have more tips on planting and looking after your lilies here including how to keep those pesky Lily Beetles away!
We have some fabulous new varieties for next year, especially ‘Roselilies‘. These beautiful double varieties are highly scented and have no pollen. They will soon be added to our website, so please check back and order for February delivery.
Don’t forget it will soon be time to plant your spring flowering bulbs. These are also on our website. We have
some stunning varieties of Tulips but if you want height, Alliums are a must!
Lastly we are at the ‘Shrewsbury Flower Show‘ this weekend (Friday 12th to Saturday 13th August). So if you are coming, we will see you there!
Allium bulbs are planted in the Autumn for flowering the following year. Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial so they will flower year after year and are incredibly long-lived and flower for ages. Alliums like to be planted in full sunlight and in a well-drained soil. Once you have found the perfect spot in your garden to grow your Alliums, you need to dig holes in the flower bed that are three times the circumference of the bulb. For example, if the bulb is two inches in size then it needs to be planted six inches deep. Plant the bulbs about 8-12inches apart. For impact, plant Allium bulbs in groups. Alliums work well in rockeries and crowded gardens as they don’t take up much space.
Following the increase in popularity this year, we have a great new offer on Allium bulbs for you! If you love the tall, majestic appearance of the giant alliums, then this collection is for you… Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial flowers that stand very tall, towering over your other flowers. They are often described as lollipops or fireworks due to their spherical appearance. Alliums should be planted in the Autumn for later Spring flowering and are a real show stopper for your garden. They are ideal for full sun or partial shade and create a great feature whatever the location. Delivery will be in September 2015 ready for planting so why not order yours today to avoid disappointment?
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