Clivias are wonderful, almost unkillable plants, which brighten the garden during late winter and early spring. With clusters of vibrant yellow throated, orange or salmon trumpet flowers, they are held on stalks above a clump of dark green strap-like leaves. Planted in groups en masse, in a shady position beneath a tree or on the shaded side of the house, they are well used for their year round lush green foliage.
The Clivia is named after Lady Charlotte Clive who was the Duchess of Northumberland. The duchess was also the granddaughter of Robert Clive, also known as Clive from India – they were a plant loving family. Lady Charlotte Clive was the first to grow and flower, the first Clivia in England.
Extremely tough in dry conditions, Clivias are low maintenance and grow in a wide range of climatic conditions. Clivia need little water or feeding, but definitely must be grown in the shade. They will not tolerate frosts and direct sun should be avoided at all costs.
Their flowers are good for cutting, but also provide a dramatic display in the garden.
Clivia are attractive, easy to grow plants that produce stunning flowers of an amazing array of colour. A perfect choice for our Camberwell project, the Clivia is a tried and tested selection that we would recommend for any shady spot in the garden.