Agapanthus Back in Black ('B in B') (PBR)
Use a simple silvery backdrop for the dark buds and almost-black stems of this delicate agapanthus that opens to violet-blue
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 2 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
This is a stunning new variety of African lily, with large globes of intense blue flowers from July to September on dark, almost black stems. As the flowers fade they are followed by black seedheads that look dramatic and architectural. You can even cut and dry them for flower arrangements. Ideal for a sunny well-drained border.
- Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month from spring until the plant flowers. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold, exposed areas protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch.
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