A lesser known, but truly excellent fall bulb is the Ixia. Also known as the African Corn Lily, the Ixia is at home in any garden provided it gets at least partial sun.
2' wand-like stems hold rows of
little cups in white, pink, yellow, orange and red, all with dark, contrasting centers.
In mild climates, it will reproduce easily and can be left for a number
of years until the ground grows too crowded. When that occurs, lift the corms in summer for
fall replanting. Plant corms about 3" deep.
Though wiry, Ixias should not require staking but do benefit from being mixed with other
plants. An excellent combination is Ixia with the perennial Gaura because of the similarity
of habit. Two other bulbs always come to mind as well when one thinks of Ixias: Freesias
and Spraxias. All three bulbs bear delicate
flowers on reedy stems. All three bloom in the spring. A combination planting of them would
make a dainty showing.