Lily of the Nile ( Agapanthus africanus )


I fell in love with these tall spiky plants the first time I saw them. We had been here about a year and I was wandering through the mansion district down the road to see what they had growing. I saw agapanthus lining pond gardens and also mixed into beds with foxglove, delphinium and sweet peas. Mixed in with other tall flowering plants they give gardens a fairy tale feel.

I put one in along the edge of my swale garden last year and it bloomed. This year the deer ate it before it had a chance to bloom. I’ll have to add some out back where the deer can’t get to them. The bloom late spring, June, down here.

They prefer full sun but will grow in part shade. And they prefer well drained soil most of the year. They are drought resistant once established. But in the spring when flower shoots appear, water them frequently and do not allow them to dry out while flowers are forming or they are in bloom.

Usually they are used to border driveways or gardens.  Keep them well watered in the summer and don’t worry about them in the cooler months. Even freezes don’t harm them, they’ll be back in the spring.

New plants may take up to three years to bloom while they get established. Divide the plants every 4 or 5 years in the fall. Once established they should naturalize ( fill in an area )

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Agapanthus africanus
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