What a gorgeous plant! The crisply contoured flowers of the Calla Lily (Zantedeschia) give it a contemporary, elegant and yet nonchalant look that adds up to a wonderful impression. All in all, it’s not your ordinary ready-potted bulb but a real eye-catcher on your patio or balcony!
Magnificent and trendy
The Calla Lily is more versatile than you might think. Its crisply contoured flower shape makes it a splendid choice for a contemporary roof terrace, patio or balcony. Selecting a few varieties in one or two vibrant colours will produce a magnificent and modern effect. At the very most, you could add some summer ornamental grasses, but that’s all. Just let the calla lilies take centre stage on your patio or balcony!
Calla lilies range in colour from pure white to a deep dark purple verging on black. In between are the colours typical of a sizzling summer: from golden yellow to all the colours in a dazzling sunset such as deep orange, burgundy red or even hot pink! Just think how pretty it would be if a single flower could display two of these sunny colours. Well, it actually could. A good example is a yellow calla lily with a blush of orange. Amazing summers!
The flowers of calla lilies attract so much attention that you could almost ignore their leaves. This would be a shame, however, since some of them feature uniquely speckled leaves. They look as if someone blithely spattered a paintbrush full of white paint over them.
A profusion of flowers
The Calla Lily is a fine plant for your patio or balcony but it will also thrive when planted in a garden. For a profusion of flowers, water calla lilies regularly and give them some fertiliser once every two weeks. A place in partial shade will result in the most flowers. Be sure that your pots have a hole in the bottom to allow excess rainwater (or water you provide) to drain away easily. Have a great summer!
- What we see as a calla lily’s flower is actually a beautifully coloured spathe. Its real flowers are tiny and located on the spadix hidden inside this spathe. Take a close look sometime.
- The Calla Lily is native to South Africa where it grows on sites where it has to tolerate both wet and dry periods. This explains why calla lilies are such strong plants.
- If you’d like to pick a flower to put in a vase, remember not to cut it with a knife. Instead, carefully pull the flower stem out of the plant.