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Plant in a sunny border, mulch with gravel, and wait for the soft-blue touch paper of the African lily to ignite - they’re evening stars of August.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection in winter)
Globes of of trumpet-shaped, blue flowers which can be variable in colour appear from July to September on straight stems above bold clumps of strap-like, mid-green leaves. These beautiful African lilies provide valuable late summer interest in a sunny, well-drained border, or large patio pot. Where temperatures fall below zero, container-grown specimens should be overwintered in a frost free place.
- Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. Divide congested plants in spring, but be aware that they may not flower again the next summer.
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Q:one of my agapanthus plants didn't flower yet and there are no signs of flower spikes appearing. It has been in a large pot in the same position since last year, when it flowered profusely. It gets sun in the mornings. The leaves look very healthy. Is there any reason it would not flower this year?Asked on 9/8/2016 by Paddy from Dunmow, Essex
These plants do like as much sun as possible to flower well, so if it was only recently planted last year, it may have been producing its flowers on stored energy. If possible I would move it to a sunnier spot, and feed it with a high potash fertiliser to give it a bit of a push.Answered on 11/8/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Are these agapanthus evergreen?Asked on 1/4/2015 by plants from Bromley
Agapanthus africanus is one of the less hardy types, so it (unlike the hardier forms) tends to retain its foliage throughout the year.Answered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi, I have 2 sets of steps in the terraced part of my garden and I'm wondering whether these are suitable to edge them. I have previously had lavender and want to try something different.
ThanksAsked on 7/4/2014 by Peanut from Tunbridge Wells
Yes it sounds a lovely idea, as long as the area is in full sun.
These agapanthas are half hardy, so they will need protection from any frosts in the winter.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 8/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:do i cut the africanus lily back, yhey are not blooming now. sounds like they should be july to septemberAsked on 21/7/2013 by buzzy from houston texas
These plants do not require any pruning apart from removing foliage that has died back.Answered on 22/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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