I have been drooling over all the plant catalogues and I'm tempted to try some Martagon lilies. The area I'm thinking of is shaded on all sides but has open sky. The soil is moist loam, would they thrive here?
These reached invasive status in my last garden but I can't seem to get them going here. Maybe the lily beetle has something to do with that, also it's much dryer soil here. In moist loam they may well do better. They certainly didn't mind the shade, the shady ones were the best.
Logan wrote (see)
Go to the web site telegraph. co.uk
This is the link you need http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3321833/How-to-grow-Martagon-lily.html
I bought three years ago, soon went down to one, but that one is magnificent. Year before last it had 42 flowers on one stem! It is growing in a moist meadow in long grass and full shade on a Pennine hillside. The one that went first was in much drier shade, the second lasted for several years but was never as strong, though in a similar position to the surviving one. I would love for them to get invasive like Nuts'! I tried to match the sort of conditions in which I had seen them growing wild in Switzerland. Because of my isolation and the absence of any gardens in the immediate neighbourhood I get fewer incoming bugs and have only had one lily beetle, spotted and dealt with
Thanks all, I'll give them a go. I have other types of lily in the garden and last year was the first time ever I didn't see a single lily beetle.