These crinum are an extremely tough bulb that offer burgundy flowers during the hottest parts of our summer months. They are valued for their color and ability to keep their form in the heat.
They produce numerous blooms that stand atop strong erect stalks.
Perhaps one of the most adapted crinums for many regions throughout the Southern US, it is a must for any traditional Southern garden. It is great for any warm climate garden around the world, as it makes a magnificent centerpiece of color and structure for summer gardens.
Landscape and Maintenance: Perhaps one of the most successful landscape uses of Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' I have witnessed was at the public gardens in Fredericksburg, TX. There, some astute landscape planner had used them en masse in combination with wax leaf begonias. In addition to their blooms, they are tough bulbs that can survive hi traffic public areas. I've included a picture from this planting below.
Crinum really shine in the garden when they are used with other companion plants. In our personal gardens, we use them with a skirting of salvia, lantana, or summer blooming phlox. This year I used a lower growing white meadow sage (Salvia nemerosa) even though a part of me loves combining them with larger and somewhat wilder looking Salvia leucantha. We have a battle in our garden over "nice and tidy" plants vs. others that have a little less form. The tight and compact Salvia nemerosa has helped bring more structure to my crinum plantings and satisfied both gardening parties!