• Lilium Groups

    CHELSEA_10_028Are Lilium difficult the answer is no; given the right conditions Lilies will be happy and most will happily naturalise. Lilium make excellent garden plants and are ideal for pots, because some soil conditions are not good for lilies grow them in pots and place in the herbaceous border between shrubs and perennial plants.

    Asiatic Lily Group are not scented and pollen free, they have a large colour range than some of the other groups from pure white, pink, yellow, dark red to almost black, the flowers tend to be more upward facing and are quiet hardy, plant were they can be left undisturbed. Asiatic lilies like alkaline soil.

    Oriental Lily Group bring there heady fragrance to the garden, there flowers are large and wide the colour combination is not as varied as the Asiatic group they tend to be white, pink to deep carmine red. There is now a new range of double Orientals Miss Lucy is a delightful pure white with a pink flush. Oriental lilies like acid soils if planting in pots use ericaceous compost.

    Orienpet Lily Group is a combination of Oriental and Trumpet Lilium, fragrant and very tall with a good colour range from white, pink, yellow, red and orange, the longer this group is left undisturbed the taller they become you sometimes see them advertised as tree lilies, they can grow as high as 7ft and are ideal for the back of the border.

    Trumpet Lily Group have wide, large trumpet shaped flowers with a heady perfume they tend to be tall, Regale is one of the best know in the trumpet group with it’s pure white flowers with magenta flush on the reverse of the petals, plant and leave undisturbed they take little feeding and will be fine in poor soil.

    Specie Lily Group contain the stalwarts of the garden, they tend to be Turk’s cap with downward facing flowers, Lilium Martagon and Lilium Martagon Album although expensive are worth the outlay they will happily self seed and will reward your investment over the years they can produce over 30 flowers per stem. The Specie group of lilies like dappled shade although they will take the sun, provide them with acid to neutral soil and leave undisturbed.

    Longifolium Lily Group they tend to be white but pink is becoming more available, these are the classic long white trumpet lilium, they are fragrant. They like alkaline to neutral soil.

  • Planting Bulbs

    Galanthus_nivalis_1Most people think planting bulbs is something you do in the late summer and autumn, Daffodils, Tulips, Alliums, Crocus, Hyacinths and many more; but even in the late winter you can be planting bulbs.

    There is a good range of Bulbs in the Green and planting bulbs this way gives you the opportunity to plant the bulbs just where you want them.

    The iconic Snowdrops, belonging to the Galanthus genus, they start to appear in January and can stay until early spring.

    The Royal Horticultural Society advises planting snowdrop bulbs "in the green", when they have just finished flowering and potentially still have leaves attached. Gardeners are told to think about planting bulbs in late February to end of March, partial shade is ideal, although snowdrops are hardy plants and fairly easy to grow successfully.

    The soil should be moist, but well drained - and should not dry out during the summer months, so a little year-round attention is necessary. With no pruning or training required, however, snowdrops are an excellent introduction to planting bulbs, and can brighten up a garden at what is often an otherwise grey and cold time of year.

    Planting bulbs does not have to stop at Snowdrops in the green you can also plant the beautiful Winter Aconite with its lovely buttercup type flower with its green collerette of small leaves.

    If you missed the chance to plant some miniature Daffodils why not consider planting bulbs of Tete e Tete in the green for a lovely display in March.

    Planting bulbs of Bluebells in the green can also be done in late February and March who can resist the site of a blue carpet and the distinctive blue bell smell that takes you back to the bluebell woods of your childhood.

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