It’s ironic we gardeners are often highly suspicious of plants that have the potential to be really happy and spread in our gardens, whilst lavishing energy, love and concern on ones that only ever hover on the edge of survival.
Alstroemeria, sometimes called Lily of the Incas or Peruvian Lilies, fall into the first category. I have experience of seed grown plants establishing themselves a little better than I’d imagined, but many cultivars play with other flowers better than we might imagine, as some of these pictures show. If you’re looking for flower power and joie de vivre, they’re hard to beat.
If you get too many, you can always pull a few up or divide them for friends.
My sweetheart has some confined in a large pot that do fine in Mississippi’s demanding conditions. He lavishes no care on them, so far as I know – perhaps a jet of water now and again.
The alstroemerias I’m sharing here are from large gardens where they have plenty of room to do their thing, but they are a classic choice even for relatively small cottage gardens. I love their sunny nature, colour combinations and markings.
And that’s to say nothing of their value as a cut flower: they can outlast three back-to-back bouquets of garden roses. What’s not to love?
Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.