Ample summer rains and the return of sunshine has brought out a spectacular display of pineapple lilies (Eucomis sp.) to Fearrington’s gardens this year! With their Dr. Seuss-like flowers and striking leaf rosettes, pineapple lilies are always attention-getters, and favorites with garden designers.
These South African bulbs are very well adapted to our growing conditions, tolerant of sun or part shade, critter-resistant, and long blooming. We’ve tried to incorporate as many varieties as we can find in our different beds throughout the Village. Some of our favorites are: Eucomis Pole Evansii, the tallest, at nearly 5′, in Jenny’s Garden, Euc. autumnalis, the shortest, with creamy-white flowered and wavy foliage, under the pergola in Jenny’s Garden, and their neighbor, Euc.bicolor ‘Alba’, a lovely greenish-white selection.
In the border at the entrance to the Barn Terrace, you will find a well-established clump of Euc. ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ (see featured image), with dark purple leaves that are a wonderful accent to many color schemes. Which are your favorites?