Nerine bulbs are beautiful autumn flowering bulbs. They should be planted with the top of the neck just below ground level in a sunny, well-drained position, ideally against a south-facing wall.
The ultimate autumnal jewel for perking up flagging borders, Nerine Bowdenii will steal the show from September to October. The warming, magenta pink flowers are overlaid with a glinting, iridescent sheen. Held in clusters on long, fine stems, each delicate bloom features slim, reflexed petals with finely crimped edges. Native to South Africa, Nerines enjoy basking in full sun, planted in well-drained soil. This much-loved variety is the hardiest of all and has earned an RHS Award of Garden Merit for vigour and reliability. Snip a few stems to enjoy indoors just as other garden blooms are becoming scarce.
Invaluable for bringing fresh sparkle to autumn borders, Nerine Bowdenii ‘Alba’ steps into the spotlight just as the season is drawing to a close. Clusters of crisp, luminous white blooms are held on fine stems, with ruffled petals swept back to reveal elegant, elongated stamens. These superb flowers will twinkle like stars amongst your rock garden, herbaceous borders, and container displays. Originating from South Africa, Nerines flourish on well-drained soil in a sunny location, and ‘Bowdenii’ is a remarkably hardy variety. With an impressive vase life, ‘Alba’ will also make a graceful addition to your autumnal floral arrangements.
The genus name ‘Nerine’ refers to ‘Nereids’ – nymphs of Greek mythology – and Nerine Bowdenii ‘Amandi’ is fittingly fairy-like in its delicacy and charm. With wavy, sugar-plum petals swept back like wings, the dancing blooms are an enchanting sight late in the season. Perched on slender stems, the pretty pink flowers bring a lightness and freshness to the usual browns of an autumnal display. Ribbon-like foliage provides lush greenery and subtly fades just in time for the blooms to take the limelight. Plant Nerine bulbs in a sunny position, and they will reward you with an increasingly prolific display year after year.
Bowdenii Bianca Perla
With white blooms shimmering like precious pearls, Nerine Bowdenii ‘Bianca Perla’ bursts into life as the rest of the garden begins to tire. Valiantly flowering up until the end of October and often beyond, these gems will revitalise your display through the final mild days of autumn. Held in umbels like twinkling chandeliers, the crinkled petals curve backwards to reveal elegantly sweeping stamens. This sophisticated variety shines when planted in swathes amongst herbaceous borders and jam-packed into pots for the patio. The refined, long stems also provide outstanding, long-lasting cut flowers for your home, where you can appreciate their graceful poise at close hand.
Nerine Bowdenii Favourite.
Bright pink flowers.
Nerine Bowdenii ‘Isabel’ is a delicious shade of intense, raspberry sorbet pink, offering an irresistible treat for late autumn. As the rest of the garden slows down, Nerines pick up their pace and burst into life for a glorious close to the season. Hailing from South Africa, these sun-lovers will provide the most floriferous show when planted in a south-facing location on well-drained soil. The ‘Bowdenii’ varieties are the hardiest Nerines, able to thrive in our British climate. These blooms boast an impressive vase-life, and their berry hues will prove an equally welcome addition to floral arrangements for your home.
Like frilly, twirling tutus, Nerine ‘Undulata’ dances in umbels of satiny, ballet-slipper pink. ‘Undulata’ means ‘wavy’, describing the beautifully crinkled edges of each reflexed petal. The exposed, prominent stamens of the trumpet-shaped blooms provide an important source of nectar to late-flying pollinators. These glistening flowers will greatly enhance your late-autumn garden, lending new energy to flagging borders and patio displays. Nerines look especially effective in generous groupings amongst large containers and in sweeping drifts amongst herbaceous beds. Make the most of this delicate variety by cutting a few stems to bring indoors for charming, long-lasting floral arrangements.
See out the end of the growing season in style, with our stunning ‘Nerine Mix’. This collection combines Bowdenii ‘Amandi’, ‘Isabel’ and ‘White’ for a harmonious blend of luscious magenta, soft pastel pink and crisp white. Originating from South Africa, Nerines are commonly called ‘Guernsey Lilies’ as they can also be found thriving on the island there, reputedly washed up from a shipwreck. Emulate the breath-taking swathes of wild blooms by planting this mix in drifts amongst herbaceous borders, and in abundant groupings in containers. These ‘Bowdenii’ varieties are some of the hardiest Nerines, providing a superb finale to autumn year after year.