Galtonia, also called the Summer Hyacinth or Spire Lily, are handsome and stately flowers that need a warm sunny position.
The graceful pillars of Galtonia ‘Candicans’ extend skywards like a magnificent Cathedral spire, giving this bloom its common name of ‘Spire Lily’. ‘Candicans’ is derived from the Latin meaning ‘shining white’ and the long stems live up to their name, gleaming with pearly, bell-shaped flowers. Radiating a light scent, Galtonia is packed with sweet nectar, proving irresistible to pollinators. Native to South Africa, these bulbs are nonetheless hardy and robust, thriving in container displays and naturalising amongst borders and lawns. The RHS has presented this variety with a coveted Award of Garden Merit, proving its excellent performance and reliability.
Verdant green is not reserved for foliage alone: Galtonia ‘Viridifolia’ provides the perfect complement to any colour scheme with its lush, lime-coloured flowers. Pendulous, bell-like blooms dangle from stately, structural spires, adding vertical interest to borders and containers. Galtonia ‘Viridifolia’ is long-lasting in the garden and vase alike, gradually opening from the base upwards and retaining neat, tight buds at the pinnacle. This variety flowers in late summer and into autumn, giving your display a lift of fresh green just as the rest of the garden begins to brown.
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