Best of the bunch
They smell amazing at this time of year, their trumpet-like blooms making a statement both visually and scentwise, whether planted in borders or in pots.
Plant them in spring in well-drained compost with added sand or grit, keep them well watered once growth starts and feed them with tomato fertiliser every two weeks.
There are many types in colours ranging from pure white to burgundy and taller varieties such as Turk’s-cap types will need support. Some people find the heady scent of really fragrant varieties such as the deep pink oriental Lilium ‘Star Gazer’ too much, but I love them. And if you plant them in the garden, many will come back year after year, forming clumps over time.
My personal favourite is Lilium ‘regale’, the regal lily, cream, subtle and beautifully scented.