Agapanthus africanus

African lily

2 litre pot
pot size guide
£12.99 Buy
+
-
Delivery options
  • Standard £4.99
  • Next / named day £6.99
  • Click & collect FREE

See more info on delivery options

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.

Val Bourne - Garden Writer


  • 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.


Hylotelephium (Herbstfreude Group) 'Herbstfreude'

stonecrop (syn Sedum Autumn Joy)

Perfect filler plant

£8.99 Buy

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Chinese silver grass

Statuesque and with a long season of interest

£9.99 Buy

Astelia 'Silver Shadow' (PBR)

silver spear

Dramatic, silvery, spear-shaped leaves

£19.99 Buy

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
CrocusAgapanthus africanus
 
5.0

(based on 1 review)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 1 customer

Displaying review 1

Back to top

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this plant

By jamesh99

from Hove

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Agapanthus africanus:

      Good specimen, looks great in a pot on the patio

      • Your Gardening Experience:
      • Experienced

      Displaying review 1

      Back to top

       

      Do you want to ask a question about this?

      If so, click on the button and fill in the box below. We will post the question on the website, together with your alias (bunnykins, digger1, plantdotty etc etc) and where you are from (Sunningdale/Glasgow etc). We'll also post the answer to your question!
      6 Questions | 6 Answers
      Displaying questions 1-6
      • Q:

        Hi If I buy the 2ltpot size of Agapanthus will it flower this year?
        Asked on 16/1/2017 by Carol from United Kingdom

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello there
          There is a good chance that it will, but sorry we cannot guarantee this as it does depend on external factors such as how much sun the plant gets, where it is planted, water, nutrients etc. but hopefully it will.

          Answered on 17/1/2017 by Anonymous from crocus
      • Q:

        When's the best time to plant agapanthus?
        Asked on 8/1/2017 by Pip from Lincolnshire

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello there
          As this agapanthus is not fully hardy I would wait until the spring to plant it in the garden after the last of the frosts. If it is going into a container, you can plant now and keep it in a frost free spot such as a greenhouse.

          Answered on 10/1/2017 by Anonymous from crocus
      • 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

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello,

          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

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello,

          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.

        Thanks
        Asked on 7/4/2014 by Peanut from Tunbridge Wells

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello there
          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 helps

          Answered 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 september
        Asked on 21/7/2013 by buzzy from houston texas

        1 answer

        • Plant Doctor

          A:

          Hello,

          These plants do not require any pruning apart from removing foliage that has died back.

          Answered on 22/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
      Displaying questions 1-6

      Do you have a question about this product? 

      Mediterranean

      Mediterranean gardens can take on various guises from the rustic and rambling to the formal elegance of an Italian courtyard. However, they all have key features in common, including the use of exotic, sometimes tender, drought-tolerant plants in pots and

      Read full article

      Daylily

      Daylily

      These lovely plants produce a succession of lily-like flowers each of which lasts for just one day. At first, this seems rather disappointing, but they are such bright, exotic flowers and produced in such profusion that this isn't actually a drawback. In

      Read full article

      African Lily

      African Lily

      Agapanthus, commonly called the African lily, produce glorious clusters of lily-like blooms that last throughout the summer. These clusters, made up of lots of bell-shaped flowers, can be globe-shaped or pendular, held aloft on vertical stems that can rea

      Read full article

      Agapanthus for vertical interest

      Add some vertical presence by planting an Agapanthus. Agapanthus 'Black Pantha is a deep-blue that emerges from black buds. Agapanthus 'Megans Mauve' is a subtle gloaming shade that shines in evening light.

      Read full article

      Flowers for the cutting garden

      At some stage in June, your garden will be a glorious affair full of scent and soft flower. Placing a posy from the garden, close to a family hub like the kitchen table, unites your home and garden as effectively as having a huge picture window. You don’t

      Read full article

      Summer stars from warmer climates

      When we are all, hopefully, enjoying the hotter more humid days in July and the longer evenings there is a different range of plants that come into their own in our gardens, ones found naturally close to the equator or in the upper reaches of the Souther

      Read full article

      Over wintering half hardy plants in pots

      You can never quite predict how severe our winter weather will be. In the absence of a crystal ball, it is best in October to make contingency plans to help your plants to survive while there will still be some warmth in the sun and the soil. Hardiness is

      Read full article