Nerines are usually considered to be too tender to grow outdoors, but there is one hardy species which can be relied upon toits eye-catching in the garden. They appear in the autumn – clusters of long-lasting blooms at the top of a leafless stalk. Strap-shaped appear in late summer, grow during winter and spring and then die down in summer. Protect the crowns with peat or bracken in winter.
VARIETIES: N. bowdenii is the species to grow. Themeasure about 3 in. across – long, spidery petals which are twisted and reflexed. The colour is deep pink – grow ‘Pink Triumph’ for silvery pink blooms. Plant the bulbs in a sheltered spot – preferably close to a south-facing wall.
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained soil and full sun are essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time April-May. Planting depth 4 in.
Spacing: 6 in. Height 2 ft.
Flowering period: September-October.
PROPAGATION: Divide overcrowded clumps in spring once.