- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August
- Flower colour: blue
- Other features: excellent as cut flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection in winter)
The stiff flower stems are held above dark green, strap-like leaves that form attractive clumps. This African lily is invaluable for providing 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 throughout the growing season. Keep reasonably dry during the winter and protect the crowns with a dry mulch in the autumn. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.
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