In the Dry Garden, RHS Hyde Hall, Essex, a firework display of Nerine bowdenii (Cornish lily) is happening. Nerine are a summer-dormant, perennial bulb which produce flowers on erect leafless stems in autumn, the strap-like leaves appear after the flowers. The plants need full sun, a well-drained soil and as shown by those plants at Hyde Hall will tolerate an exposed windy site. In colder areas cover with a deep dry mulch in winter for protection.
I visited the garden of a friend yesterday evening and was greeted by this Liriope muscari (big blue lilyturf) on the edge of the driveway beautifully lit by the low evening sunshine. Light gives such atmosphere to gardens especially in the early morning and late afternoon. The Liriope is an evergreen herbaceous perennials that forms compact clumps of narrow, arching green leaves, with small violet-purple flowers spikes in the autumn which are followed by black berries. It can be grown in moist but well-drained soil in partial or full shade and will tolerate drought once established.