I love Foxtail lilies, elegantly tall. They don’t like my heavy soil though … I bought a few, cheap, a few years ago and chucked them in – they’ve done “OK” but they certainly aren’t what I would call spectacular. I’ve seen some stunners at Chelsea over the years but I seem to have only this one miserly photo, which definitely doesn’t show off their full potential
I’m not sure this year’s planting will fair any better, the place I choose to put them is the heaviest clay in my garden and, unlike my plan, they aren’t on top of a land drain – as that runs too near the front of the border and the ones I have planted, Eremurus robustus, are very tall – hopefully more than 2M
To give them a fighting chance I’ve planted them on a mound of sand, as I would do for Asparagus crowns, which have similarly spidery fleshy roots, and I covered them with compost rather than my heavy clay soil. The growing points are only just below the surface.
planted on a bed of sand
I put a cane in, before back filling, as I figured adding one later, blind, is bound to hit a root.