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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Lilies

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.

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