Thursday, 26 April 2018

Patio plant - Agapanthus

Patio Plant for 2018: African Lily (Agapanthus)

Flowers on the patio all summer long
Elegant stems, long green leaves and elegant blue or white flowers made up of a host of small calyxes: Agapanthus, also known as the African lily, is a look of splendour on the patio or terrace. You can create attractive lines in your outdoor space with this plant, which features plenty of greenery at the base, smooth stems in middle, and flowers that resemble blooming fireworks as the crown. Agapanthus is easy to care for and attractive to look at, with rich flowering from the beginning of the summer until the start of autumn. One thing that's good to know: Agapanthus produces more flowers every year.   
The most common Agapanthus is derived from A. africanus, with blue and white flowers. Both types offer various cultivars which differ in terms of plant shape, stem length, leaf and flower shape and flowering time. There are evergreen and deciduous varieties of Agapanthus. Breeding has produced cultivars which stay nice and compact, and are therefore very suitable for use on the patio.
Agapanthus trivia 
• Agapanthus symbolises love. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘agape’ (love) and ‘anthos’ (flower)
• The plant is very ancient: women in primitive African tribes wear dried roots as an amulet to ensure healthy babies. 
• In the home and garden Agapanthus symbolises a happy home. 
Agapanthus originates from southern Africa and is native to countries such as South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. The plant’s seeds have spread and been sown naturally around the globe, so they now also occur in the wild in Australia, Mexico and Europe. 

What to look for when buying 
• The larger the pot size, the older and more richly flowering the Agapanthus plant is.  
• The compactness can vary considerably between plants. A healthy Agapanthus has long stems, foliage at the base and buds at the top. 
• The Agapanthus must be free of pests and diseases. Particular look for yellow leaves, which is a sign of soil which is too wet.

Care tips for consumers 
• Agapanthus likes a sunny and sheltered spot in a mixture of potting soil and sand.
• Place Agapanthus in a spacious pot with a drainage hole.
• Always ensure slightly damp soil, particularly during the growing season.   
• A bit of plant food every month helps promote growth and flowering
• Agapanthus is not fully hardy, and is best placed in a cool shed or cellar if the temperature drops lower than a couple of degrees below freezing. 
Thank you to Flower Council of Holland for the information and Joy of Plants for the images. See each web link for more information.

Love these flowers? Yes they are available as cut flowers and do last really well although only available in a small colour range but perfect for blue/purple scheme.

Add them as a splash of colour in buttonholes and bouquets.

Ask us for more options and ideas when you book a consultation with me .

Plants and cut flowers are available during their season, ask us about availability. We can also provide beautiful tubs and pots for displaying them in.

Sandra xx

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