‘Max­ima Lutea’ AGM

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Why

Dis­tin­guished by ex­tra-large yel­low pen­dent blooms, which over time cre­ate im­pos­ing clumps of daz­zling colour, this RHS award-win­ning beauty won’t fail to im­press.

Where

‘Lutea’ is best planted in rich, free-drain­ing soil, in full sun. Po­si­tion these tall frit­il­lar­ies in an area that is out of pre­vail­ing winds as a strong gale will snap their stems.

How

The best time to plant is in au­tumn, when the bulbs can put down roots be­fore go­ing into dor­mancy. Place bulbs on their side to im­prove wa­ter run-off and re­duce the like­li­hood of rot­ting. A high po­tash liq­uid feed in spring will help pro­mote flow­er­ing.

Works well with...

Team with tulips and al­li­ums to lift dis­plays with some fresh spring vi­brancy. Height 5ft (1.5m) and spread 1.5ft (50cm).

How to buy

Buy one spec­i­men bulb for £5, three for £10, five for £15 or 15 for only £35. Plus £4.95 p&p. Sup­plied as spec­i­men 9in-9.5in (22cm-24cm) sized bulbs at the op­ti­mum time to plant in 14 days. Or­der at gar­den­shop.tele­graph.co.uk or call 0333 772 0325. Con­tract for sup­ply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Of­fers sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Of­fer clos­ing date Novem­ber 29 2016.

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