Imagine a Lily trumpet 6 inches long -now imagine twenty of them borne aloft on aabove your head! If your garden is a modest one then such a sight will have to remain in your imagination, but if you have the space you can grow the Giant Himalayan Lily.
VARIETIES: The giant is C. giganteum (Lilium giganteum), which grows up to 9 ft tall. The whitehave purplish markings on the inside and are delicately fragrant – a crown of large bells abovetheshinyleavesspirallingthetoweringstem.The’baby’is C. cordatum which only grows 6 ft high. The flowers are fewer in number but no smaller in size.
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, moisture-retentive soil and light shade are essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time October. Planting depth 6 in.
Spacing: 3 ft. Height 6-9 ft.
Flowering period: June-August.
PROPAGATION: Buy new bulbs. The bulb dies after flowering – offsets can be planted but will take years to flower.