It may seem rather strange to think of landscapes decorated with lilies in fall, but summer and fall rain bring on the lovely blooms of rain lilies (Zephyranthes species).
Rain or ‘zephyr’ lilies add beauty to the gardens throughout the Southern half of the U.S., including the Southwest. While their apperance may make you think that they are delicate and needs lots of coddling, nothing could be further from the truth.
Like other types of lilies, they are grown from bulbs planted in fall and are surprisingly, moderately drought tolerant.
The white species (Zephyranthes candida) is my favorite and has evergreen foliage. There are other species and hybrids in colors such as pink and peach.
Rain lilies deserve a greater presence in the landscape, given their delicate beauty that adds welcome interest to the garden. They are also easy to grow.
For more information on this delightful plant, including the different species and how to plant and grow your own this fall, check out my latest plant profile for Houzz.