I have been buying more Clivias ….


As you have probably guessed, I have been back to Clivia Classiques in Forrestdale.  I must admit, I am a bit obsessed at the moment.  Clearly, I am going through a stage.  I have even had under my house terraced, especially for my new purchases.

I keep going back to Clivia Classiques to check if there are any in bloom which are different to what I have already.  It is a bit tricky though, as it is not until they are all together that you can see the subtle differences between the blooms.  Photographs don’t really help as the colour is always just that little bit different in real life.  Nonetheless, I am pretty happy with the diversity of my new collection.

I noticed the flower in the above photo as I was walking around the nursery.  I was attracted to the fact that it had whitish stripes.  I decided to take a chance on it.

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Here is the same plant a week later.  I am very excited about this guy.  It is quite distinctive.   I am very chuffed that I spotted it in the sea of blooms.

049copyWhilst I was wending my way over to the stripy flower, the proprietor, Paul Kay, picked out this plant stating it was a ‘goodun‘.  I am not sure why.  He charged me $50 for it, so it must be special. 🙂


I bought this one yesterday on our way back from Bridgetown.  It is a brilliant orange.  Its brilliance really stood out from the others. An added bonus, the plant, and flowers, are huge.


My sister Sandra picked this one out for me.  She was going to Clivia Classiques when I was in Bridgetown so I asked her to look out for a red one.  I think she did pretty well choosing this guy.


This one is classified as a ‘bronze’.  Again, I spotted it in the sea of orangey red.


I found this one in the special collectors’ room.  Its flower is much rounder than the others and it has a very distinctive yellow throat.  .

If you are looking for a low maintenance plant for a shaded position, Clivias are definitely worth considering.  They are stunning in flower and have lovely leathery leaves the rest of the year.

I have been delaying this post hoping two in my garden would flower in time, but they are still in bud.   I am keen to record their flowers on this blog, so there may be one more Clivia post.  And, I may end up going to Clivia Classiques one more time this season or … enough, may be enough.  Whatever, I have really enjoyed buying them and now look forward to creating my Clivia garden.

If anyone is interested Clivia Classiques is at 630 Armadale Road Forrestdale WA 6112 (Corner of Armadale and Nicholson Roads).

If you missed my previous post on my other Clivia purchases, here is the link.


17 thoughts on “I have been buying more Clivias ….

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I’ve been searching for these people for months now after randomly finding them a year ago. I could not remember the name of the garden Centre and all google searches came up dry. You little ripper- I’ve found them again through you. Thank you! ❤️✨🌈

  2. We’ve tagged clivias as one of the mass plantings out under our massive pin oak. Have you tested how they cope with sun? I believe they are pretty darned hardy generally. We have a bit of frost damage on a few leaves of the couple we already have so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back. Terraced? Just for the clivia? Obsessed? Yes 🙂

    • Hi Maree, Clivias don’t cope with sun or frost. They are ok under trees where they get dappled light but no full sun. Ditto no frost and not too much water.

  3. I’m trying very hard, and not very successfully, to become too engaged in your ‘clivia stage’… it could be contagious 🙂 They are stunning, and that they are the same but so subtly different makes them somehow more enticing. They offer delights of their own but also through their resemblance of other lovelies like lilies, nasturtiums, begonias etc

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