Nothing says spring like a beautiful flower and one of the most dramatic is the amaryllis, thought of by many as a winter bloom because it is often used during the Christmas season to add dynamic bursts of color to homes and offices. Easter, however, is also a perfect time to grow an amaryllis for decorating or gifting.
Although shades of soft or deep pink, pale salmon, bright orange and glistening white will add an accent to any Easter dining table centerpiece or Easter egg display, a simple display of white or yellow flowers will provide a subtle accent.
Ludwig Dazzler is a large white amaryllis with a yellow throat which will bloom in about eight or more weeks from the time it is planted. The combination of white with a hint of yellow makes it a perfect spring flower.
Lemon Sorbet is a light yellow dwarf amaryllis with a green throat that blooms in about seven weeks, depending on the growing conditions. It will blend in nicely with spring decorations.
Grand Trumpet Winter White, when planted in a pastel or white ceramic or metal container, will add a clean and dynamic accent to the home.
A gardener will love a bulb that has not started to grow but for those times a blooming flower is desired, try ordering the bulbs early and getting them started before giving as gifts. Although amaryllis flowers are pictured in catalogues as blooms, they are typically shipped as bulbs.
Whether given as flowers or bulbs, amaryllis will make a big splash and can be planted in the ground after blooming, dug and stored for the winter and replanted each spring and enjoyed for many years.