AMARYLLIS Belladonna Lily

The Belladonna Lily is a gamble in our climate. If you have a bed next to a sunny south-facing wall it is well worth the risk – your reward will be a display of large and colourful trumpet-like flowers which will last for about 8 weeks. It has an odd growth habit – the strap-like leaves appear in spring and die down in early summer. A month or two later the thick flower stalk appears, topped by a cluster of 3 or 4 blooms.

VARIETIES: The species grown is A. belladonna. The fragrant flowers measure about 3 in, across, pink or salmon with yellow throats. Stake the stems to avoid wind damage and cut them down once flowering is over. Cover the crown with sand, peat or bracken during the winter months.

SITE AND SOIL: A bulb for warm areas – full sun is essential. Any well-drained soil will do.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time July. Planting depth 8 in.

Spacing: 1 ft. Height 2 ft.

Flowering period: September-October. For each month there is a list of bulbous plants which can be expected to be in full bloom – remember that some of these plants may come into flower earlier and can continue to bloom for weeks afterwards.

ANEMONE Windflower

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