Galtonia

It may not be too long before we should be calling these Ornithogalum, but till then we will stick with the familiar Galtonia. These are South African bulbs which are best in sunny borders, they seem to love a wetter summer, remember that the South African summers are wet and the winters dry. The bell shaped flowers hang on short pedicels away from the green stem, waxy and elegant. The effect is peaceful and cooling, providing useful vertical accents and they combine perfectly with other South African plants such as Agapanthus and ornamental grasses. If you garden on particularly cold wet soils further north you may think about lifting the bulbs in November and storing them dry overwinter. On lighter soils they seed about. Plant bulbs about 5” (12cm) apart, and beware of slug attack on emerging foliage.