Growing Agapanthus in coastal areas adds great summer color to your garden!
Blue and white Agapanthus add an exotic touch to your flower beds and rockeries. On top of that the Lily of the Nile is a great container plant for larger pots. They thrive even in the
most exposed seaside gardens. No need for shelter!
Blue Agapantus with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Growing Agapanthus plants is really easy and they are a real bonus in your garden. They are definitely
one of my favorites! African Lilies require little care and reward you with their wonderful tall stemmed flowers for weeks during July and August. Plant the Lily of the Nile in the right spot and you will enjoy this trouble free plant for years.
African Lilies are great plants for rockeries, mixed borders or flower beds. The are great companions for Kniphofias, Crocosmias, Rudbeckias, Coreopsis or Hardy Geraniums.
They will thrive even in the most exposed seaside garden without any shelter. Their long flower stems are very strong and won't break in the wind.
Location: choose an open sunny spot that is not shaded by other plants. The plant won't flower if planted in too much shade.
Soil: The ground should be well drained. Add some compost if your soil is too heavy.
Feeding: Feed with poultry manure or other organic fertilizer in the spring.
Watering: Water the plants in dry weather. Plants in containers have to be watered regularly.
Propagation: Plants can be divided in the spring and replanted. Seed grown plants will take 4-5 years before they flower.
Maintenance: Remove flowers stems in late autumn or winter. Apply a thick layer of mulch in cold areas. Agapanthus is not fully frost hardy. They can get damaged by severe and long frosts. Covering them with fleece will help.
African Lilies make great perennial container plants. Choose a medium to large container.
They are best planted on their own because of their large root. While plants are young and don't fill the containers yet you can add some summer flowering bedding plants like viola, pansies or lobelias around them for additional color.
Feed and water the plants regularly during the growing season.
Potted Agapanthus may need to divided after a few years. The roots will eventually start to push the plant up in the container. That is a sure sign that the plant is running out of root space. Take it out of the pot in early spring and divide the root ball. I usually use a saw for this quite tough job. Replant about a third of the plant back into the container with fresh potting compost.
In cold areas it is safest to overwinter the plants inside in a cool but bright place. Otherwise wrap the pots with bubble wrap.
Flickr Photo from GGL1
Agapanthus africanus: dark purple flowers up to 40-65 cm high during July - August.
Agapanthus praecox: This is probably the most common type. The leaves are up to 75 cm long. Flowers up to 120 cm tall. The light or dark blue flowers are very large. A. praecox 'Albus' has white flowers. Many cultivars and hybrids are available.
Agapanthus campanulatus: This variety is deciduous and looses all the foliage during the winter. The sky blue flowers are 50 cm tall . There are also white varieties of this form.
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