1 OCTOBER 1948, Page 18

In the Garden

A great gardener plants his lilies among his heaths in order to shade the base and allow the flower the sunlight. I duly copied ; but the heaths grew too tall ; and in removing some of the lilies, notably Regalis, I found that the stems fallen horizontally had grown roots freely over a good length of the shoot. It is of course this habit in the lily that produces the advice to plant the bulb nine inches deep. The most popular of all lilies, on the other hand, the Madonna, is almost like an onion. The top of the bulb may even seek the sun, and does in some