Lilium Lady Alice is very easy to grow and as such is very popular. This is a hybrid of henryii with gentle reflexing white petals and an intense orange centre. Lilies can be left undisturbed for years and only need to be moved when they become overcrowded. Lilies grow well in any well drained soil and the flowers will last longer in semi-shade aspects.
Bred by crossing the oriental types with trumpet lilies, resulting in Orienpets which are sweetly scented and the flowers will hang pendulous. Lilium Lady Alice performs well in containers or borders and for the best results plant in groups of 3 or more.
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: 5 feet (150cms)
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.