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Schizostylis Coccinea Major — 44 Comments

  1. Hi Alison
    New leaves will start to show later on in Spring. Just cut back the old leaves making sure you don’t damage any emerging leaf shoots.

  2. Hi there – thank you for all the lovely photos and information. Please can you tell me if I should cut back the foliage on my schitzostylus? It flowered well last autumn, but the leaves look a bit weak and straggly now.

  3. Dear Alistair, Your kaffir lily is stunning. Unfortunately, it is not hardy in PA, although I could grow it as an annual. There’s still a lot going on in your garden. Thank you for including my blog on the ‘Your Gardens’ list … I’m honored. P.

  4. I love Schizostylis coccinea. I had it in my garden until it succumbed to drought. I was told in South Africa that the common name is so offensive that it must never be spoken. We have a similar word in the US.

  5. Hey Alistair, your garden is always a surprise and your knowledge is very useful to me!
    I planted my first schizo a few months ago and it menages to flower now, shame the night frost doesn’t let the flowers open properly. I didn’t know it comes from South Africa but luckily I planted it on a well drained spot, I hope it’s going to survive the winter…

  6. They are all very colorful and beautiful, but i haven’t seen any one of them. That Brunera Jack Frost is my favorite to look at because it seems so extra ordinary!

  7. My skimmia japonica has bright red berries at the moment, can’t till if it’s ahead or behind yours. I loved this plant so much that I transplanted it in my central flowerbed as it had all-year-round appeal. However, the leaves started to turn yellow – maybe due to too much sun. Since then I’ve stopped moving plants around just because I fancied it.

  8. Christine, I have just been reading an article which suggests the common name (Kaffir Lily) would never be used in South Africa for reasons which you may be aware of.

  9. Hi Alistair, Thank you for introducing to a few new plants/shrubs. I am not at all familiar with Schizostylis Coccinea Major. The Aucuba (spotted Laurel) is gorgeous. I will have to check to see if it is hardy here. I know that the Pieris isn’t. I wish that it was though. How pretty! I added a Brunnera Jack Frost to my garden this spring. It still is looking good after a few hard frosts.

  10. That’s a pity Carolyn, but there are so many forms of Pieris, making identification very difficult. I think in this country we can be a bit generous with our use of the colour red, the flowers do veer towards purple although some may say red comes in many shades.

  11. Rosie, thanks for the suggestion regarding the Pieris, just off to make some checks. The form does look very similar but the flowers of my one are white in Spring.

  12. I’m definitely going to get some Kaffir Lillies for the front garden. I need a few more late flowering plants to continue the interest in my front garden and they seem perfect. Might put some grit into the soil though. This is Wales and our winters tend to be on the soggy side but a neighbour is growing some in his garden so hopefully that is a good sign. Lovely photos by the way you have a lot of seasonal interest in your garden.

  13. Your schizostylis is beautiful. You have a lot of plants that I don’t know, or have only seen in photos. That is one. The Hakonechloa is another. But I love its form and have often wondered if I have a good spot for one. Love your Jack Frost, too. I almost got one last year, but decided against it at the last minute. Don’t know why now! Your Peris is lovely. I’ve been behind on blog reading, but am so glad I saw this post. Loved seeing these plants – they may get put on my ever-expanding wish list!

  14. Thanks for your visit today Alistair. My Schizostylis has a terrible habit of flopping and after our last frost the flowers are now black. I’m just admiring all your lovely foliage combinations and especially that little domed ilex.

    I’m wondering if your Pieris is japonica ‘Valley Valentine’.

  15. What a gorgeous Pieris. You have some wonderful shrubs in your garden. I love the Golden King Holly.What great foliage for year around beauty in the garden. I bet your Jack Frost Brunnera will give you beautiful blooms next Spring. I always love seeing those pretty blue blooms in the spring with the tulips.

  16. Still a lot of beauty in your Aberdeen garden, and it bet it really doesn’t stop for the winter. I have never liked Pieris but yours could change my mind. The buds look purple not red and the habit is gorgeous. Sorry, I can’t work my ID magic on that one. I agree with you about Skimmia. I almost think the flowers on the male plants are prettier than the berries on the female.

  17. Hi Janet, Schizostylis is generally seen as an Autumn flowering plant in the UK. I can only imagine that your one is in a micro climate position where it is feeling that its in its home territory. I do think if I were to place our one in a true south facing position it may well start to bloom in early September.

  18. Alistair, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your photography is very good. The foliage shots are great! Love the brunnera shot with the yellow leaf. Well done. Love your garden.

  19. I’m still surprised that your Schizostylis is so much later flowering than ours. It can’t just be down to location can it? Our clump is against a south facing brick wall and the soil is sandy and free draining. It starts to flower in June and goes right on and is still flowering. I must admit to never doing anything to it except admiring it as I go by…
    I do like the leaves of the Brunnera “Jack Frost”. It’s so aptly named.

  20. You just reminded me that my Kaffirs did not bloom this year. I have them around the pond…I wonder if it was our summer drought…hmmm…I wish my garden looked as gorgeous after a bit of frost….we had a couple inches of snow and some still lingers…no pictures since it was dark to and from work that day…I adore variegated leaves and you certainly gave me lots to ohh and ahh over …thx!!

  21. I am always amazed at the breadth and variety of plant material in your gardens Alistair. That pieris is absolutely amazing… how I wish I could grow them here. I haven’t tried in many years so perhaps it would be worth another shot, although they’re talking a very cold winter this year and there are only so many plants that I can manage to bundle up with chicken wire and burlap! I am about to call it ‘good enough’ and take my chances with the things that I haven’t gotten to, although I know the rabbits show no mercy on any plants left to their own devices! Take care… Larry

  22. you have some beautiful foliage Alistair, I love foliage as much as flowers, foliage lasts longer, the rabbits ate my brunnera jack frost but not the variageted ivy which is a cutting from my mum’s old garden, I then took more cuttings from it, it is growing slow but is giving colour to a low north east facing wall, I love your pieris, I’m not sure it’s a plant that would cope with the salty winds so I enjoy seeing your, Frances

  23. Hi Alastair, that Kaffir lily is certainly an attractive, useful and hardy plant, even though its scientific name sounds like a serious mental illness. cheers, catmint

  24. Hi Al,

    I’m loving your Kaffir lily and am very tempted to get a couple to add some interest to the garden. The problem here though is that much of the garden is heavy clay soil so I’m not so sure it’ll do well here 🙁

  25. I love the watermelon red of the Schizostylis. But if it doesn’t have a common name I think you should make one up Alistair because the formal name sounds vaguely rude. (Would make a pretty good swear word if you aren’t in a hurry.) I have some of that pretty grass– I call it Pajama Grass because of the stripes. Your gardens still have a lot of beauty to offer.

  26. Definitely the Simple Things. Thanks for the linking love Alistair. I won’t be telling Myra 🙂 . I have to admit, the simple things have been a bit out of touch lately because work has been dusk to dawn. I so like the simple time to visit blogs and that has been lessened as of late. Can you believe I was at the farm today making Christmas wreaths? Seems so soon, but the people swarm the place after Thanksgiving day. I am glad I got to stop in. I love berries in the landscape and your post was berrylicious.

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