White Calla Lily Flowers for Shade Gardens

Views: 19086 | Last Update: 2008-07-10
White Calla Lily make great flowers for shade gardens. Get tips on planting and growing white calla lily flowers in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

About this Author

Yolonda Vanveen

Video Transcript

One of the most traditional plants for the shade is the White Calla Lily. It's been around for centuries. They are native to South Africa, but they have been traded all over the world. Everybody has seen the movie Rebecca where the Calla Lilies are in bloom and they are just a gorgeous plant. The bulbs themselves, just look like a little rock, but they actually grow. So, there's a bulls-eye or little spout side, that goes up, but when in doubt, go sideways because every little part will grow. And, another easy way to make sure you have a good bulb is actually to scrap way the side, and you will see that it looks like a potato. If it looks like a potato, it's still a goo bulb. So, I've been amazed, I've seen them, the worst bulbs still grow. So, even little pieces, only one little cell is needed to regenerate. So, you only need a little bit to give you a lot. White Calla Lilies take a little bit to become established. They have to be root bound. They have to have mounds of roots to bloom. So, when you plant them, give them a little bit of time or, my trick is put, actually, like three or four almost touching when you start. They like to be crowded to bloom. So, but them together, crowded to start and you'll get blooms quicker. The White Calla Lily blooms every year in May and June and the blooms last one to two months. They are just incredibly beautiful and they multiply quickly and they are just a gorgeous shade plant that does well under trees or great in a Moon Garden to get that white color; a gorgeous addition to your garden. so, if you don't have any other plants in your garden, make sure you have the White Calla Lily because it will bring lots memories of your childhood back. Next, we'll talk about a gorgeous plant for the shade, it's sold as a sun plant but it'll grow in the shade just as well and that called the Eucomis, or Pineapple Lily.