HARDY PERENNIALS: NERINE

N. bowdenii. Not many bulbs come within the scope of the subject of hardy perennials, but this autumn flowering beauty must be one of the exceptions. It is a subject that needs the shelter of a wall or shrubs other than north facing, and once established, bulbs will increase naturally and no matter how congested they become, they will make a bright show just before the onset of winter in October and November. Stems are 15-18 inches high, and they last well in water. Fresh plantings should be covered with some protective litter until new leaves appear in spring, as bulbs should be set only just below surface. Leaves die off in late summer just before flowering begins.

NERINE bowdenii

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