Patio Plant for 2018: Agapanthus

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in News

With no 'Beast from the East Mark 3' now predicted and the start of spring-time hours, sightings of the sun as well as Easter just days away, we felt that despite an expected momentary drop in temperatures, it is the perfect time to be looking ahead to warmer days. With that in mind, how about flowers on your patio all summer long? Elegant stems, long green leaves and graceful blue or white flowers made up of a host of small calyxes:

 

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Agapanthus, also known as the African lily, is a look of splendour on the terrace or patio. You can create attractive lines in your outdoor space with this plant, which features plenty of greenery at the base, smooth stems in middle, and flowers that resemble blooming fireworks as the crown.

 

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Agapanthus is easy to care for and attractive to look at, with rich flowering from the beginning of the summer until the start of autumn. One thing that's good to know: Agapanthus produces more flowers every year.

Range
The most common Agapanthus is derived from A. africanus, with blue and white flowers. Both types offer various cultivars which differ in terms of plant shape, stem length, leaf and flower shape and flowering time. There are evergreen and deciduous varieties of Agapanthus. Breeding has produced cultivars which stay nice and compact, and are therefore very suitable for use on the patio.

 

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Agapanthus trivia

  • Agapanthus symbolises love. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘agape’ (love) and ‘anthos’ (flower)
  • The plant is very ancient: women in primitive African tribes wear dried roots as an amulet to ensure healthy babies.
  • In the home and garden Agapanthus symbolises a happy home.

 

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Origin
Agapanthus originates from southern Africa and is native to countries such as South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. The plant’s seeds have spread and been sown naturally around the globe, so they now also occur in the wild in Australia, Mexico and Europe.

What to look for when buying

  • The larger the pot size, the older and more richly flowering the Agapanthus plant is.
  • The compactness can vary considerably between plants. A healthy Agapanthus has long stems, foliage at the base and buds at the top.

 

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Care tips

  • Agapanthus likes a sunny and sheltered spot in a mixture of potting soil and sand.
  • Make sure it has plenty of room in its pot and good drainage.
  • Keep the soil slightly damp, particularly during the growing season.
  • Feed monthly to promote growth and flowering
  • Agapanthus is not fully hardy, so isn't suitable for winter displays when temperatures are likely to drop like now!

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