6 less familiar Convallaria
Each leaf is neatly and precisely striped along the veins, in a creamy-white that is sometimes almost yellow. Both pretty and striking, with those customary fragrant white bells. Colours best in a little sun. H: 6in (15cm).
Unique in that each individual flower is replaced by a small cluster of tiny ones. From a distance, the blooms appear double; in fact, there are extra tiny flowers, rather than extra petals. A long-flowering variety. H: 7in (18cm).
A supercharged variety that’s twice the height, with twice as many flowers that are twice the size of the usual form, but just as well scented. Sadly, despite the name, these are white, not wine-red. H: 12in (30cm).
Blooms are a lovely pale-rose pink, often paler or white inside, and will colour best out of direct sunlight. Just as fragrant as the usual form, with the added bonus of pink tints to the base of the stems. H: 8in (20cm).
Broad leaves feature a slightly irregular yellow margin and occasional other stripes, which add colour without reducing vigour. Flowers are a little larger and plants a little taller than the standard form. H: 10in (25cm).
‘Vic Pawlowski’s Gold’
Similar to ‘Albostriata’, only with the veins picked out in yellow. Also, here the stripes are broader and there are more of them. Very dramatic, but not so easy to find in nurseries. Colours best in good light. H: 6in (15cm).