The most enduring trophy of Francis Galton, an explorer and authority on Southwest Africa, may be the summer Hyacinth, which blooms when so many perennials are past their prime. These bulb-forming plants are happiest in rich, well drained soil and need moderate water in the summer.
With dark green, straplike leaves and spikes of fragrant, drooping, funnel-shaped white flowers perched on 4 ft. stems, this species is undeniably dramatic. Create your own theater by planting it amidst darker, shade tolerant plants, under a high woodland canopy.
Size: 4' 0" high x 12" wide.
A moist cliff dweller from the lower altitudes of the Drakensberg Mountains, this Galtonia’s blooms have an airy effect. Up to thirty waxed and creamy green tubular flowers with light green, central bands extend out from the stem and then look downward at varied angles. Anchored by erect, green basal straps, the pale, delicate blooms loosely dress its broad floral pillars.
Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.