The magnificent blooms of the Amaryllis, also known as the Hippeastrum, are unequalled in the plant world. The plants are particularly valued as pot plants, and home gardeners can easily “force” the bulbs for out-of-season blooms indoors. However, they also make extremely striking garden subjects when planted outdoors in a sunny or lightly shaded position after the last frosts. The tropical beauties are eager to bloom, and within weeks of planting, the flowers begin to open. Amaryllis bulbs can be saved during dormancy and will re-bloom reliably. Their primary requirement is a well-drained growing medium. Although the red Amaryllis is the iconic choice, gardeners can enjoy these aristocratic plants in a range of rare and unusual colours.