Nerines are one of the best known autumn flowering lilies, bearing sturdy stems with long-lasting brightly coloured bold iridescent pink blooms that look stunning on a dull autumn day. They have a faint musky scent when carried on a breeze. During the summer months the strappy, glossy leaves appear, to be followed in September by the flowers bursting forth from the tall stems. Nerines are striking looking autumn flowering bulbs that give a burst of exotic colour to garden borders and pots when other summer plants are beginning to fade.
Nerines were first introduced from South Africa to the UK by Athelstan Cornish Bowden in 1903, when he sent some bulbs to his mother, hence the name, Nerine Bowdenii. They are sometimes referred to as Guernsey lilies but this applies to Nerine sarniensis which became naturalised in Guernsey, after a ship travelling from Japan was wrecked in the 17th century, but it is not a hardy variety, like Nerine bowdenii.
Nerines look stunning grown in large terracotta pots or enmasse in blocks or thick rows at the front of a sunny border planted alongside Colchicum (autumn crocus) and Cyclamen which are both good autumn flowering companion plants, all giving their best in the months leading up to winter giving an extended season of colour and form.
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Brand: Brookside Nursery
Supplied as: 1 Bulb
Eventual Height: 90cm (36")
Primary Flower Colour: Pink
Flowering Period: September
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes