Best of the bunch
THE Giant Himalayan is the largest of all lilies and certainly the most spectacular when in flower, which is usually around now.
It’s a bulbous perennial and is best bought and planted in spring as a pre-potted bulb.
You will need to be patient as it can take a few years to build up and flower, but it is definitely worth the wait. They can reach up to 3.5 metres, and from below you can admire the masses of large white trumpet blooms which emit a delicious vanilla fragrance.
This showstopper is best grown in humus-rich soil with a little shade – ideally a woodland-type setting to give protection from the wind and scorching sun.