Lilium 'Apricot Fudge'
Longiflorum Asiatic hybrid lily bulb
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- 2 + 1 FREE bulbs
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- 1 bulb
- Standard £4.95
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, including chalk, enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost such as John Innes no. 2
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb Size: 16/18
The flowers of this unusual lily look quite rose-like, having two rows of shorter, more rounded petals, but they still retaining the cluster of prominent stamens that is typical of most of the group. The colouring is very pretty too, being a warm blend of apricot and fudge, and this makes it perfect for borders with a hot colour scheme - as well as offering a lively contrast to rich purple and plum. Also, the flowers have a delicious perfume and will make long-lived additions to the vase. The RSPCA have reported that all parts of lilies can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Rspca.org
- Garden care: Lilies can be planted at any time from early autumn, to mid-spring. Planting in autumn often helps them settle in and become better established before they start to put on their new spring growth, but spring planting is a better option if your soil is heavy and wet during winter. Choose a sunny spot, preferably where the plant receives a little light shade at its base, and plant each bulb 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil, enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould. Space them between 15 - 30cm intervals and provide support before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms promptly and cut the dead stems back to ground level at the end of autumn.