We challenged T&M staff and members of the gardening press to grow the best container of Lily Romance Series ahead of its official launch, and it proved one thing: You can't go wrong with this stunning new patio lily - every photo entered was a winner!
Some Oriental Lilies are too tall for patio pots; so need staking and support, not with the Romance Series, the stems are short, stout, yet still long enough for cutting if you prefer. This new series of easy grow lilies offers a wide colour range; with every shade of pink and red, some with spots, some with stripes. With over 8 blooms per stem your garden is sure to be filled with an intoxicating perfume each summer! Lily 'Romance Series' is easy to grow making them perfect for beginners and those with little time to fuss their plants. Height 40cm (16"). Spread 25cm (10").
Why not treat yourself to the 'Romance Collection' which contains 12 bulbs and 4 colourful patio pots - 2 pink and 2 purple.
Oriental lilies prefer a moist, free draining, neutral to acid soil that is rich in organic matter. Prior to planting, add plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil to give your lilies the best start. When growing lilies in containers, use a loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. Lily bulbs should be planted at a depth of approximately 3 times their own height and 15cm (6”) apart. Planting deeply helps to protect the bulb during particularly hot periods. Choose a sheltered, sunny position where lilies will grow with their heads in the sun and their roots in the shade.
Feed and water oriental lily bulbs regularly throughout the growing season, keeping them moist at all times. Deadhead faded blooms at the base of the flower where they join the stem to prevent the development of seed pods. When cutting oriental lily flowers for indoor arrangements, it is important to leave a third of the stem intact in order to feed the bulb for the following year.
After flowering leave the stems intact until they begin to yellow in autumn. Reduce watering and move containers of lilies to a cool, frost free position over winter. Lilies grown in borders can be lifted, cleaned and stored for the winter, however in mild areas most lilies should survive outdoors provided that the soil is not too wet. A mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost should be applied in spring. Divide and repot container grown lilies into fresh compost every other year.
Caution: All parts of lilies are toxic to cats.
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