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Add a touch of glamour to your summer borders and containers with an agapanthus

If you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to your garden border this summer, then Ladybrook Nursery can heartily recommend the agapanthus. The African Lily is a summer-to-early-autumn-flowering perennial plant, grown for its showy flowers and attractive foliage. Both deciduous and evergreen varieties of agapanthus are available.

Although agapanthus originates from warmer climes, it is, none the less, a fairly robust plant. Agapanthus range from fully hardy to half hardy, although evergreen varieties are generally more tender. Agapanthus thrives in fertile, well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil in full sun. If your soil is prone to winter waterlogging, or you live in a cold area and want to grow tender varieties, try growing agapanthus in large containers.

Agapanthus show no preference for pH, except A. africanus, which prefers an acid soil. Plant crowns in spring, 5cm (2in) below the ground and avoid planting in shade, as plants will either grow poorly or develop a mass of lush foliage at the expense of flowers. For the best flower displays, feed weekly or fortnightly with a balanced liquid feed during the growing season until flowers begin to show colour. Water agapanthus plants regularly during the growing season, but only sparingly in winter.

Agapanthus ‘Donau’

Agapanthus.‘Donau’ is a tender-to-half-hardy, clump-forming, perennial with broad, arching, strap-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing large, rounded heads of trumpet-shaped, pale-blue flowers with a dark-blue central stripes, from late spring into midsummer. Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Can be grown in a container. Apply a deep winter mulch in cold areas.

Perennial

Height: 80cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: violet-blue

Flowering: summer

Aspect: full sun

Agapanthus ‘Pacific Blue’

Agapanthus.‘Pacific Blue’ is a vigorous but compact plant of about 100cm. It produces violet-blue flowers and fresh green broad leaves on upright stems during the summer months. Requires full sun and moist well- drained soil. Can also be grown in a container. Apply a deep winter mulch in cold areas.

Perennial

Height: 1m

Foliage: bright green

Flower colour: violet-blue

Flowering: summer

Aspect: full sun

Agapanthus ‘umbellatus’

Agapanthus.umbellatus is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen, herbaceous perennial with large umbels of funnel-shaped deep blue flowers in mid and late summer. Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Can also be grown in a container. In cold areas, mulch well overwinter.

Perennial

Height: 1.2m

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: deep blue

Flowering: summer

Aspect: full sun

Agapanthus umbellatus Albus

Agapanthus.umbellatus ‘Albus’ is a clump-forming, upright semi-evergreen, herbaceous perennial with large umbels of very large funnel-shaped white flowers in mid and late summer. Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Can also be grown in a container. In cold areas, mulch overwinter.

Perennial

Height: 1.2m

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: white

Flowering: summer

Aspect: full sun

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