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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Lilium ‘Lankon’: New at Chelsea from H. W. Hyde

Posted by Graham Rice on 18 May 2011 at 03:58 PM

”Lily,lilium,lankon,longiflorum,lankongense. Images:=The lily displays at the Chelsea Flower Show are some of the most colourful and stylish of all, and there are always good new plants on display. This year, H. W. Hyde & Son will have two rather special new features.

Of particular interest, they have the first hybrid between two lovely species, Lilium longiflorum and L. lankongense. Lilium longiflorum, the Easter Lily, (left in the picture, click to enlarge) grows wild on a number of Japanese islands. It’s the familiar and widely grown fragrant trumpet flowered white lily. Lilium lankongense (right in the picture, click to enlarge) comes from Yunnan in China, and carries open heads of rosy red, turk’s-cap flowers which darken with age and which are generously spotted.

Richard Hyde says that this is the first hybrid between these two species that is available to gardeners. Until recently it was not possible to raise seedlings from a cross between these species, but using laboratory techniques it has now been accomplished. It was raised in Holland by Erwin Hoogendijk.

‘Lankon’ carries features from both parents and the shape of the flowers is intermediate. It is also nicely fragrant, easy to grow reaching about 4ft/1.2m and the flowers are carried on strong stems.

Accompanying this breakthrough hybrid will be a range of lilies developed by amateur breeders, including the vivid pink ‘Julie Fowlis’, named for the Scottish singer. This is a vigorous hybrid – an Oriental lily crossed with a Trumpet lily and the result crossed again with an Oriental lily. This results in large flowers, exceptional fragrance and enthusiastic vigour.

Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show can buy bulbs of both these lilies from the H. W. Hyde & Son exhibit in the Great Pavilion (stand GPE12) if reservations are made in advance, by email to H. W. Hyde and Son. If stocks last, they will also be available at other shows. For more details visit the H. W. Hyde & Son website.


sue1002 said:

That's a lovely flower Graham.  I'm looking forward to seeing (and smelling) their stall again this year, you wouldn't happen to know if they have 'Gizmo' bulbs on sale this time would you?

on 19 May 2011 at 07:00 PM

Graham Rice said:

Don't know if they'll have 'Gizmo', but you could email and ask (

on 20 May 2011 at 01:56 PM

sue1002 said:

Thanks Graham, I'll try that :)

on 20 May 2011 at 07:01 PM