Plant Pots of Perfume
Use these step-by-step instructions to create planters of sweetly scented lilies.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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The epitome of high summer, sweetly scented lilies set by a front or back door will greet you with
their perfume as you come and go, but keep your distance because their pollen stains clothing. The most cost-effective way to grow them is to plant fresh bulbs in early spring.
- lily bulbs
- deep container
- broken clay pot pieces
- well-draining, multipurpose potting mix
Choose the following species for scent:
Regal lily, white
Rubrum Japanese lily (L. speciosum var. rubrum)
Oriental hybrids, such as 'Star Gazer' (below), 'Tiger Woods' and 'Arabian Red'
Prepare the Pot
In spring, buy fresh lily bulbs and choose a deep container; most lilies are planted at a depth of 6 to 8 in (15–20 cm). Cover the drainage hole with broken pot pieces and then add a layer of multipurpose potting mix.
Plant the Bulbs
Lay the bulbs on their sides. Positioning the bulbs like this allows water to drain out of the bulb scales, rather than collecting and rotting the bulbs.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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