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Alstroemeria Indian Summer

For more than a touch of the exotic, this hardy Alstroemeria hits all the right notes. Vibrant colours, strong markings, dark foliage. Magnificent.

Alstroemerias with more than just flowers seem to be demanding more attention these days. There were a number in the recent RHS trial and two variegated varieties, ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Spitfire’, were given Awards of Garden Merit. Back in February the brightly variegated Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’ featured in the RHS New Plants Blog. Now, another with good foliage but in a different style: ‘Indian Summer’ is the first with dark foliage and is too new to have featured in the trial.

Making a rounded plant no more than 30in/75cm high, the foliage of ‘Indian Summer’ is dark green stained with smoky bronze. So even before the flowers open the foliage marks its mark.

Then, from June to October, the flowers open in a fiery mix of orange and yellow. The intensity of flowering may vary a little over the months but even when flowering is less intense, there are the red buds.

‘Indian Summer’ makes an excellent specimen in a container. In a large container partner it with calibrachoas in fiery or autumnal shades, the old tall single French marigold ‘Striped Marvel’, with gold and orange lantanas, or with other plants in fiery colours. It will also thrive in rich soil in a sunny border.

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