This newly imported lily has extraordinary dark maroon almost black upward facing flowers carried on strong 100cm tall stems. ‘Royal Kiss’ has no scent and is as good in the vase as it is in the garden.
These are a fairly new strain of Lilium hybrids and are a cross between the L. longiflorum forms and the Asiatic hybrids hence the LA. Easily grown with larger, longer lasting flowers than the Asiatics, they make superb cut flowers and good garden plants. All the varieties below are self-supporting and flower during late spring and summer. Plant the bulbs 12cm below the soil in a sunny fertile spot. The following varieties are from healthy stock and are a good size too.
Growing Lilies in the Garden
Modern lilies are really easy to grow as long as their few wants are catered for:
1. Plant the lily bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them as they shouldn’t be allowed to dry out.
2. Lilies grow best in a sunny or lightly shaded spot. In very hot districts we recommend planting lilies in light shade.
3. Soil should be prepared as well as possible. The better the soil the better the results. A well drained, humus rich soil is best.
4. Plant your lily bulbs 15-20cm deep.
5. As lilies in good soil increase both in the number of bulbs and the number of flowers they are best planted into their permanent position in the garden.
6. Give a light watering after planting to settle the bulbs in. Most lilies don’t enjoy dry soils so regular summer watering is recommended.