Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Return Of The Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are one of the most reliable garden performers. They come back faithfully, year after year, and grow such abundant clumps that they can easily be thinned, separated and moved around the garden. They tolerate sun or partial shade along the coast, and although white is the all time classic, they come in pinks and yellows as well, with either plain or varigated foliage. These grow best at the back of the border, as they'll grow up to 3 feet tall.

Callas are a terrific cut flower, either singly, in bunches together or in mixed bouquets with more delicate flowers. They are especially beautiful when cut as a bud, as they will unfurl completely indoors.

If you find a place for them in your garden, do check the back side of their leaves, as these plants are especially attractive to snails.


High Desert Diva said...

I do like the variegated foliage. I had just begun experimenting with more of it before we moved to the desert.

Ann said...

I love calla lilies. Once you grow them, you don't need to take care of them. I like the white ones best.

Amanda said...

I'm eagerly anticipating my orange and pink speckled ones! The white ones are all thriving though, even with some neglect.