How to Grow Lovely Lilies
Lilies are relatively easy to grow, but there are a few guidelines which you will need to follow in order to get superb results:
Drainage – good drainage is so important to the lily bulb. The makeup of these bulbs is fleshy by nature, so they are likely to rot if left to sit in wet, soggy soil. What lilies like is good rich soil deep down, but where their roots are meeting the soil, it needs to be very gritty and stoney! Westland horticultural grit is the one that I would recommend.
Lily beetle – a good way to keep these dangerous pests away is to plant cloves of garlic in and around your lily bulbs when planting, as well as spraying with garlic spray during the season. Garlic in the ground works wonders as a soil sterilant and saves a lot of extra work during the growing season. Provado Insectidon has good results if an infection occurs.
Plant in groups of three or five – never plant just one lily bulbs. Always plant in groups of 3 or 5 – they help to support each other and it helps protect them from damaging winds.
Choose varieties to suit your location – if you are in a very windy position, try to choose varieties that are not too high. You could also plant in or around spring flowering shrubs. This is advantageous for two reasons:
Your shrub will act as a stake
Spring flowering shrubs will be glad of the flowers from your lilies. It will give them a second lease of life!
Lily of the Valley
One of the most beautiful of all fragrances from flowers, how could anyone not have some in their garden? Lily of the Valley is a very hardy plant, spreading to make good ground cover in borders, rock gardens, under trees or in a woodland garden. It is also great in a container or pot. Imagine having such a beautiful plant that will tolerate sun or partial shade.
It is best to buy as a clump of rhizones or as a green plant. They are available in both forms as I write, so get planting. This is truly one of my all time favourites.