Agapanthus 'White Heaven' (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)
Heaven by name and heavenly by nature, this tall, elegant plant looks incredible when planted in bold swathes through a herbaceous border. Its striking architectural outline also makes it a good plant for potting up and using as a specimen on a sunny patio. The strappy, semi-evergreen foliage and large heads of up to 80 pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers give it a Mediterranean air, and make it a must-have summer plant.
- Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balance 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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Strong healthy young plants but a little disappointed that they didn't flower this year. Hopefully they will make up for it next summer.
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Q:Hi, I have several questions.
1. I read that African lilies like to have their roots constricted otherwise this reduces their flowering. I am looking to plant them in a front garden border, would you suggest that I leave them in the containers they come in i.e. dig a hole to accommodate the containers, or arrange other plants around them?
2. Is this a good time (end October) to be planting the Agapanthus White Heaven and Agapanthus Northern Star?
3. Cats and occasionally I see urban foxes roam quite freely here, how do I protect the African lilies when they are first planted?
Many thanks for your advice.Asked on 18/10/2016 by amateur gardener from Wimbledon
There is some dispute as to whether the theory about agapanthus flowering best in cramped conditions, as research has been done to show that they flower just as well if they are kept well fed. Therefore I would just plant them out as normal, but feed them regularly during the growing season.
As for planting, these are not quite fully hardy, so unless you have a sheltered garden with freely draining soil, I would wait until spring to pop them in.
Finally, I have never heard that either cats or foxes would be particularly interested in these plants, so I would think that no protection would be necessary.Answered on 20/10/2016 by Helen from crocus
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