Winter protection benefits plants of borderline hardiness, including African lily
(Agapanthus) red hot poker (Kniphofia), Peruvian lily (Alstomeria), globe artichokes (Cynara Carduneulus) and montbretia (Crocosmia).
Summer-flowering bulbs such as the wonderful agapanthus, or African lily
, look fantastic in pots, providing a striking display of ball-shaped 13cm (5in) flower clusters in blues or whites, late in the summer.
THE round heads of the African lily
agapanthus are made up of pendant, bell-shaped flowers in deep shades of blue or violet blue or white and appear from July and last right through to early September.
Commonly known as the African Lily
, this bulb, which will not flower in its first year, is a versatile border plant.
You'll also want some big pots, whether for annuals or perennials like lilies and the blue African lily
(Agapanthus), or for shrubs such as camellias and rhododenrons.
AGAPANTHUS or the blue African lily
is a good choice for coastal gardens, as it tolerates salt-laden winds and dry, shallow soils.
AAgapanthus, the blue African lily
, is a remarkably hardy plant, so strong seedlings should survive well outside during the winter, although they must be in a very well-drained bed or container.
blue African lily
(see page 29) is a dramatic choice for a patio, with its blue heads of flowers on stiff stalks standing amid glossy strap-shaped leaves.