Agapanthus (African Lily) Plants

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Agapanthus or "African Lily" are exotic, elegant plants that complement most gardens. The strap like leaves form long lasting and low lying clumps that can easily be divided when the time comes.

Flowers grow interspersed from the root system with open, rounded or pendant flowers held on long stems.  Agapanthus are excellent perennial plants for pots and will suit any garden from the cottage to the contemporary. They are real statement plants.

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How to Plant Agapanthus

  • Choose a sunlit spot for your Agapanthus Plants, allowing them to bask in the full glory of summer sunshine. These hardy perennials thrive in well-drained soil under the warm embrace of the sun.
  • Place the plants at a depth equal to the pot in which they were grown, providing enough space for their robust root systems to expand. Plant in clusters for a striking visual impact.
  • Agapanthus prefer fertile, well-draining soil. Amend the soil with organic matter to enhance fertility and create an optimal environment for these graceful giants to flourish.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the growing season. Once established, Agapanthus exhibit drought tolerance, making them resilient summer companions.

How to care for Agapanthus Palnts

  • Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to fuel the initial burst of growth. Repeat the application in midsummer to sustain the Agapanthus's vitality throughout the flowering season.
  • Remove spent flower heads regularly to encourage continuous blooming and redirect the plant's energy into producing new buds. This ensures a prolonged display of the captivating azure blooms.
  • Agapanthus are hardy perennials, but in colder climates, provide a winter retreat by mulching around the base of the plants to protect the roots from harsh temperatures.

Can Agapanthus Plants be grown in containers?

Yes, Agapanthus adapts well to container gardening. Use a well-draining potting mix and choose a container with sufficient depth for their root development. The roots quite like to be compact

How do I divide Agapanthus plants?

Divide Agapanthus every 4-5 years in early spring to rejuvenate the plants. In spring or autumn use a sharp knife to separate the clumps, ensuring each division has healthy roots and foliage. Make sure you have a stem to each part you divide

When is the best time to plant Agapanthus?

Plant Agapanthus in the spring or early summer when the soil has warmed up. This allows them to establish their roots and prepare for a spectacular summer display.

Why you should order your hardy perennial plants from Peter Nyssen

  • We are a friendly, family run business with more than 60 years experience
  • Our bulbs are packaged in compostable, starch based bags where possible
  • We offer bulk prices and free delivery for orders over £100
  • We supply flower bulbs in quantities large and small, for all types of gardener from the cottage potterer through to the professional landscaper

For guidance on how to get the best from your agapanthus plants, refer to our detailed planting guide. Take a look at our wider range of bulbs to plant in spring for the ultimate selection. For help and advice, email our team at [email protected]



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