Specie lilies are excellent for naturalising and Black Beauty is no different. The flowers are slightly fragrant and are crimson red with a crisp white margin and green star shaped centre. Excellent garden plant and a very popular lily. They are happy in the shady areas of the garden.and will look stupendous if grown through herbaceous border plants.
Lilies are a very versatile garden plant as they are ideal when grown in borders or containers around the house and garden. Once planted lilies are best left undisturbed for a number of years. Cultivate soils to a depth of 25cms and plant bulbs 15cms deep and 15cms apart. In heavy soils add humus matter and a handful of grit to the hole before planting the bulbs. Lilies like to be grown in well drained soils in the cooler or shadier parts of the garden. Lilies do like to get some sun during the day so very shaded areas are not recommended.
Flowering height: up to 8 feet (240cms)
Flowering Period: July to August
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun. Happy in the colder parts of the garden.
Soil type: Humus rich free draining soils that do not get waterlogged.
Pests. If Lily beetle is a problem, spray with an appropriate insecticide. Alternatively the orange adults can be picked off and then check the underneath of the leaves for larvae.