I love Nerine bowdenii for its spring-like flowers in autumn and it makes a beautifully colourful, vibrant display that will brighten even the dullest autumn days. It needs some protection from winter frosts so plant it near a wall for protection and make sure it’s in sharply drained soil. If you garden on heavy clay, as many of us do in Oxfordshire, put in some gritty compost when planting to help with drainage. There is an equally beautiful but more difficult to source white version, which is well worth looking out for.
Author: Sheena Marsh
Sheena Marsh is a director at Oxford Garden Design and winner of the West Oxfordshire Business Person of the year award for 2018. Sheena has worked closely with hundreds of individual garden owners to produce practical landscape plans that really work for them. Sheena has been designing gardens in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties for over fifteen years. She’s written articles for many gardening magazines and is the Gardening Correspondent for the award winning Oxford Times Limited Edition Magazine. She has appeared as the Gardening Expert on BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman and Phil Mercer Shows. She also appeared in the Channel 4 ‘Great Garden Challenge’ programme, which was filmed at Blenheim Palace. Sheena takes garden tours around some of the famous gardens of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and gives a talk on the History of Garden Design for Oxfordshire Gardening Groups.