Plant in a grassland garden where the bell-like nodding yellow flowers appear above the grass.
Gladiolus dalenii is probably the most well-known gladiolus in cultivation.Plant in a sunny spot in a well-drained soil. Many colour variations occur in Nature.
Its natural habitat is grassland where it can make a mass display in summer. It prefers a well drained soil and sufficient water in the growing season.
Crocosmia paniculata is a tall growing bulb with pleated leaves that normally grows in clumps and when in flower it is quite a sight. It is a great asset in the larger garden where in will thrive in a damp spot.
The Giant Candelabra is really a “must see” in the wild. The inflorescence can easily reach one metre with a diameter of 80cm.
Haemanthus albiflos is one of a few Haemanthus species that are evergreen and is a popular plant with landscapers. It is ideally suited to a rocky terrain in the shade of shrubs or trees. Don’t plant too close together since they are clump-forming.
Tulbaghia violacea is a bulbous plant with, strap-like leaves that are garlic scented when bruised. Umbels of delicate lilac-pink flowers are borne on long stalks. It is a very hardy plant.
Tulbaghia leucantha is about the only wild garlic that prefers a damp spot. They are quite common along seepage zones in the Drakensberg.
A very unusual plant for a damp spot. It is very happy amongst grasses.
Cyrtanthus sanguineus is a most rewarding species to grow, bearing large bright red or orange flowers in spring to late summer. A well drained, compost enriched medium and semi shade position is preferred.