THE URBAN GARDENER
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.
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.
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.