THE UR­BAN GAR­DENER

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

You can still en­joy gar­den­ing with just a bal­cony. Here, Con­stance Craig Smith shows you how to grow beau­ti­ful tree lilies

WHY GROW THEM?

Tree lilies stand out be­cause of their size – within two years they can grow to 8 feet high – and their pro­fu­sion of showy, highly scented flow­ers in sum­mer.

WHEN TO PLANT

The bulbs are widely avail­able by mail or­der for im­me­di­ate plant­ing.

VA­RI­ETIES

The Leopard range has vi­brant mark­ings while Dot to Dot is white with pink spots. Crys­tal tree lilies come in gen­tle hues – white Pi­casso, pas­tel pink Monet, or deep pink Cézanne.

HOW TO PLANT

Fill a large con­tainer with a loam-based com­post, adding some slow-re­lease fer­tiliser. Plant 2-3 bulbs to a con­tainer 6in apart at a depth three times the bulb’s di­am­e­ter. Wa­ter well. Tree lilies thrive in a sunny, shel­tered spot; they don’t need full sun.

AF­TER­CARE

Stake the plants with a bam­boo cane and wa­ter reg­u­larly, but don’t wa­ter­log the soil. When the fo­liage fades cut the stems to the ground; the lilies will reap­pear in spring.

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