How do I grow Liliums?

Winter to early spring is an ideal time to plant lilium bulbs, which are readily available from garden centres or through mail order suppliers. They will perform best in a well-drained soil and a reasonable amount of shade (up to 50%). Unlike most bulbs such as daffodils and tulips, liliums should never be allowed to dry out completely and should be left in the ground once they have finished flowering. Mulching is a great way to keep the roots cool, which will also control weed growth. Growing in pots is also an excellent way to go if your soil is less than ideal. There are a few different types of lilies so flowering time will be from late spring to late summer depending on the variety.

Liliums are superb cut flowers, being long lasting, and many have a delightful perfume. If cutting the flowers, be sure to leave around half the stem and leaves, so that the plant can make enough food stores for the next year.