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.
This versatile South African bulbous perennial is undeniably dramatic as lustrous strap-like green leaves send forth stout, erect 4 ft. stems topped by fragrant spikes of drooping, funnel-shaped white flowers, each with a subtle green tinge at its base. An asparagus relative, Summer Hyacinth looks best against a dark backdrop, makes an elegant addition to a bouquet and appreciates moist, well-drained, organic-rich sites plus protection from intense cold and hot afternoon sun.
Size: 4' 0" high x 12" wide.