Soil: well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes no2
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: July to August
Flower colour: rich pink and white
Other features: excellent cut-flowers
Hardiness: fully hardy
Lavishly speckled and streaked petals form large (up to 15cm across), highly scented flowers in midsummer. These look magnificent in the border and if cut will fill your home with their perfume. An elegant and eye-catching lily that performs well in the garden.
The RSPCA have reported that all parts of lilies can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Rspca.org
Garden care: Lilies can be planted at any time from early autumn, to mid-spring. Planting in autumn often helps them settle in and become better established before they start to put on their new spring growth, but spring planting is a better option if your soil is heavy and wet during winter. Choose a sunny spot, preferably where the plant receives a little light shade at its base, and plant each bulb 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil, enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould. Space them between 15 - 30cm intervals and provide support before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms promptly and cut the dead stems back to ground level at the end of autumn.