Martagon lilies are beloved by all lily growers, the only problem is that they are not the easiest lily to grow. Preferring cool temperatures, good drainage that also remains moist ( the great enigma), Martagons can be grown if one sites them well. For us here in central Massachusetts, it may mean planting the bulbs in a raised wall rock garden, where winter moisture sweeps away, and the bulbs can sleep peacefully. It's not the cold, for they prefer the Canadian garden, if not the Pacific North West ( but then, what doesn't?).
This variety is the classic 'Mrs' R.O. Backhouse' ,
These bulbs I planted two years ago, and last year they had only a couple of flowers, as they set in. Hopefully, they will mature to massively tall and stately plants in a couple more years, or, they may simply fade away.