Grow these under glass…
Also known as fairy lanterns, Californian Mariposa lilies open their patterned blooms from early summer. Plant bulbs 3in (8cm) deep and 3in (8cm) apart, in pots of gritty compost; stems will need support. HxS: 11∕2ftx3in (45x8cm).
Ixia ‘Yellow Emperor’
A cheerful African corn lily, the darkcentred yellow flowers of which wave on springy stems. Stick to this cultivar or try a pretty mixture. Set corms 2in (5cm) apart and 3in (8cm) deep, in 8in (20cm) pots of gritty compost. HxS: 11∕2ftx3in (45x8cm).