Lily

July’s plant of the month

Lily

It’s Lily season so July’s ‘Plant of the Month’ is Lilium ‘Forever Susan’.  Lily ‘Forever Susan’ _ is an Asiatic lily variety. It is a bulbous perennial with erect stems bearing narrowly ovate, spirally-arranged, glossy, dark green leaves and, in summer, large, outward-facing, orange flowers with large maroon marks on each petal. It will grow to a height of 1m.  It loves a sunny position with the base of the plant shaded in a moist but well drained soil.  It is good for beds and borders in low maintenance cottage or informal style gardens.  It is ideal for containers and can be used in a cutting garden for flower arranging.  Plant at a depth at least 3 times the height of the bulb in well-drained or moist but well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. It should be deadheaded regularly and then cut back in autumn once foliage has yellowed.  It can be propagated from offsets from the main bulb after the foliage dies down.

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