Friday, 25 June 2010

Plant Focus: The Regal Lily (Lilium regale)

The Regal Lily (Lilium regale)
There is no questioning the fact that we are currently in the gentle grip of one of the nicest periods of weather we have had this year so far and I’m hoping that it continues for a few more days at least.  This has led me to spend many enjoyable evenings in the sun soaked garden or up at the allotment, often with a glass of wine, and it is at specific moments like these that I really begin to appreciate what has been created around me and the particular plants that really shine.  The Regal Lily is definitely one of those plants that earns its keep and helps to make this picture even more perfect.


This Lily makes a fantastic addition to any garden adding splashes of white and a degree of temporary height to borders.  I often use it as a cut flower to bring in to the home and, in fact, I’m planning to grow quite a large quantity of these in the cutting garden planned for the allotment plot  along with other flowers I use in the home (watch this space).  

The reason I write about this plant is because it has everything that most gardeners ask for from a flowering plant.  It’s beautiful, fully hardy, very easy to grow and it produces an intoxicating scent that fills the air, whether it be in the garden or home.  In my opinion it is one of the finest Summer bulbs available at present.

Unlike other Lilies that often require additional drainage and a bit more care, the Regal Lily is quite tolerant of moist soil and is likely to grow happily for years to come once planted in to its final position.  The height of its flower stems and the number of flowers produced will vary year-to-year depending on its growing conditions, soil fertility and available moisture.  Plant it amongst other border plants as they will protect emerging shoots from early frosts or alternatively you can grow plants in pots and place them in to bare patches of earth previously occupied by other seasonal displays, which is what I plan to do with Lilium 'Starburst'.  These plants are fairly easy to come buy from various retailers, even including pound shops, and they are also quick to grow from seed, flowering after two years in some cases.  

If you are looking for a Summer bulb that adds colour, height and scent to the garden I would most certainly recommend the Regal Lily.  Do you grow these plants? What other Summer bulbs would you recommend to other gardeners?


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10 comments:

  1. Great post Ryan. I'm not a Lilly fan myself but with your last two posts you're gently bringing me round :)

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  2. This is my favourite lily, just thinking I should follow your advice and plant a few in the Kitchen Garden for cutting.

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  3. one of my favourite cut flowers, looking forward to seeing your cut flower selection in your allotment

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  4. Right on! This is a fabulous plant and as you say easy enough. Glad you are having the chance to rest in your garden!
    Best Wishes
    Robert

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  5. one of my favourites too...especially when you smell the perfume up close and end up with a yellow nose!

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  6. I think it's very difficult not to like this plant. The scent is fab. and I can't resist getting the yellow nose!

    Ryan

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  7. Ryan, I would recommend Lilium formosanum var Pricei for a small garden - it has the perfume packed flower of a regal lily, but only grows to knee height.

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  8. Mr Cox! Where have you been hiding?!

    Will have to give that one a go. Thanks.

    Ryan

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  9. Hi Ryan, I've been hiding in my tiny garden. My open day is now over so I can come out to play again.

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  10. I want to only say that Lily is the soul of my garden.

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