Naked lady flowers and Japanese anemones

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) These are pretty, are they some sort of lily? They are actually in the amaryllis family. Amaryllis belladonna. They're also called naked ladies. It's called naked ladies because this time of year, in late summer, it sends up a flower stalk that has these clusters of flowers on top of it without any foliage at all. It's a beautiful way to brighten up a late summer garden. Late summer things are looking a little ragged. Things are starting to go by.

You might have a few black-eyed Susan and echinacea blooming, but not a lot of color. Well, you'd never know these ladies are underground until you get to late summer and they bloom. In the spring, when they come up, they just look like grass. They have just foliage. It dies in summer. And then later in the fall, you get this kind of bloom of beautiful pink flowers that are about 3 to 4 feet tall. They even have a little fragrance to them.

There is another plant that will also bloom now and that's the Japanese anemone. They're beautiful. A lot of people grow them. They are great plants for the fall because they bloom now and they'll bloom for about six weeks. You can get a white, pink or red version and they'll spread around, too. They are really hardy perennials.

To go back to these amaryllis belladonnas, another nice thing is that even though in the literature it says they're not hardy here, obviously this naked lady comes back every year. So if you have a protected spot in part shade with well-drained soil, you can have these every year.