Lilium ‘Double Surprise’

Oriental lily

  • Botanical name: Lilium 'Double Surprise'
  • Common name: Oriental lily
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb

Grown for their flamboyant, often fragrant blooms from late spring to summer, lilies are a stalwart of summer borders.


Lilies are well suited to growing in containers, which can be positioned in borders as and when you need them.

Oriental lilies tend to have large, fragrant, outward-facing facing flowers. For best results they need acidic, or ericaceous soils, so grow them in containers if you have alkaline soil. Because blooms of many oriental lilies appear to look upwards, they’re sometimes referred to as ‘stargazers’.


Lilium ‘Double Surprise’ bears double, pink blooms on sturdy stems. A fragrant, tall-growing variety, ‘Double Surprise’ is perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, and makes a fantastic cut flower.

How to grow Lilium 'Double Surprise'

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in February

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Lilium 'Double Surprise' and wildlife

Lilium 'Double Surprise' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Lilium 'Double Surprise' poisonous?

Lilium 'Double Surprise' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Lilium 'Double Surprise'