In late summer when gardens in Virginia can look a little spent in the heat, the humidity and dry weather, beautiful Naked Ladies emerge with shades of rosy pink to electrify the drab summer garden. Whether in sun or part shade, on the hottest of days and in the driest of weather, these are ideal bulbs for planting among daylilies, hostas, or any foliage in the border.
Naked Ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) are members of the amaryllis family and according to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, are natives of South Africa. Several fragrant pink trumpet blossoms are produced atop 1 ½’ to 2’ naked stems, as the foliage has long since died back earlier in the season.
The bulb is recommended for zones 8 – 10, however with enough mulch, it can overwinter in our neck of the woods, zone 7b. My naked ladies are going strong after several years in the ground. Check Brent and Becky’s catalog website for more information on these foolproof beauties and add them to a garden near you!
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester