Agapanthus africanus

20% off plants
2 litre pot £12.99 £10.39
in stock
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Agapanthus africanus African lily: Wonderful globes of blue flowers from midsummer

  • 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: half hardy (will need protection from frost 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 until flowering. Towards the end of September ease back on watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold areas, protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry mulch to protect them from hard frosts, or grow in a pot so they can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Divide plants in spring. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.

Delivery options
  • Standard £4.99
  • Next / named day £6.99
  • Click & collect FREE
more info

Eventual height & spread

Notes on Agapanthus africanus

"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."

I would recommend this plant

5

Good specimen, looks great in a pot on the patio

jamesh99

Hove

Yes

Agapanthus africanus

5.0 1

100.0

Hi If I buy the 2ltpot size of Agapanthus will it flower this year?

Carol

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.

When's the best time to plant agapanthus?

Pip

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.

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?

Paddy

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.

Helen

Are these agapanthus evergreen?

plants

Hello, Agapanthus africanus is one of the less hardy types, so it (unlike the hardier forms) tends to retain its foliage throughout the year.

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

Peanut

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

do i cut the africanus lily back, yhey are not blooming now. sounds like they should be july to september

buzzy

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

Helen

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