- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, sandy, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast
- Flowering period:June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Soaring, slender spikes are crowded with salmon-coloured flowers from early to midsummer, rising above strap-shaped, bluish-green leaves. They are great for creating a bold statement in a sunny, well-drained border. Try partnering it with tall grasses, or late summer-flowering perennials, which will help to mask the plant's short lived foliage.
Foxtail lilies need to be planted in fertile but well-drained soil with the crown not far below soil level. They start to grow in late winter and spring, gathering their strength before they produce their towering flower spikes in summer. Each flower spike has hundres of flowers which open from the bottom upwards, creating a stunning effect. They thrive in the sunniest spot in the garden, especially if the base of the plant isn't shaded as this can decrease the number of flowering spikes produced.
- Garden care: Every three to five years carefully lift and divide congested clumps in early autumn. Replant the strongest crown on a layer of sharp grit, spreading out the roots and covering them with a thin (5cm/2in) layer of soil. In frost-prone areas cover with a dry mulch of fern leaves.