Alys Fowler lists 8 of her favourite amaryllis, or hippeastrums, and explains how to get the most from these exotic-flowering bulbs, planting between October and April for flowers from late December to June.
Hippeastrum ‘La Paz’
Vigorous amaryllis, with long stems. This amaryllis has colours that seem slightly muddied compared to other ‘cybister’ types – but it’s certainly unusual.
A traditional amaryllis trumpet, but smaller and more refined than most. This amaryllis has a lovely, subtle fragrance and a green throat.
This amaryllis has unusual streaking. It tends to be slow to grow and less vigorous than some.
A reliable and a good starter variety. The colour combination isn’t as clear as ‘Rosario’, but you’ll get more flowers per stem.
More red than green. The insides of this amaryllis’ petals look hand-painted.
My favourite. I loved the terracotta throats of the plentiful flowers – like a 1970s bathroom scheme, but in a good way.