Plant Pots of Perfume

Use these step-by-step instructions to create planters of sweetly scented lilies.

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Fragrant Potted Pink LiliesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Materials Needed:

  • lily bulbs
  • deep container
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • well-draining, multipurpose potting mix

Lily Options

Choose the following species for scent:

Golden-rayed lily
Madonna lily
Regal lily, white
Rubrum Japanese lily (L. speciosum var. rubrum)
Oriental hybrids, such as 'Star Gazer' (below), 'Tiger Woods' and 'Arabian Red'

Stargazer Lily Oriental HybridEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

buy fresh lily bulbs and choose deep containerEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Lily Bulbs on Top of SoilEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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