Photo: Blackstem Plants
Lily of the Nile
The 'Headbourne Hybrids' were bred by Lewis Palmer, son of the Earl of Selbourne, in his garden at Headbourne Worthy near Winchester. Lewis was a generous chap who gave away many of his seedlings. They rapidly became a mainstay of the refined, perennial border.
These South African lilies only survive in very well-drained soil. The slightest hint of water-logging and they rot. Site them in a warm spot and prepare the ground with plenty of grit and rich compost. They are not completely drought tolerant and a fertile soil with a little moisture helps them establish. Over time, the arching, fresh-green strap-like leaves form a glorious clump from which tall stems, bearing bright blue trumpets, emerge in mid summer. A protective mulch in winter is a very good idea. They make wonderful specimens for tubs as they don't mind a little overcrowding but wrap the container during winter as tubs can freeze solid.
Blue - variable
Very well drained
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