If you're looking for agapanthus
that don't need mollycoddling to grow in beds and borders, then those descended from agapanthus
campanulatus are the answer.
At one time it was the fashion to separate agapanthus
from other perennials, practising an almost isolation-ward policy.
The Bubble Garden designed by Heather Appleton on behalf of The Anthony Nolan Trust, which used the majestic blue agapanthus
as its statement flower
The varieties of agapanthus
called Headbourne Hybrids have been selectively bred for garden hardiness, so these are obviously the ones to start with.
Eucomis and diorama – both South African, like the agapanthus
– are two of my favourites.
Other exciting bulbous and semibulbous plants can be grown from seed: eucomis and diorama, both South African like the agapanthus
, are two of my favourites.
The fleshy, white roots of agapanthus
allow them to withstand periods of drought well and this is one of the reasons they are suitable for growing in containers.
I will be looking for something a little different, and want to find the darkest blue flowered agapanthus
there is, as well as a pure white form.
breeders must be aware of this since they have recently developed several varieties - `Elaine,' `Ellamae,' and `Storm Cloud' 7/8 whose inflorescences appear in royal blue.
With an elegant habit of growth and cool blue colouring, Agapanthus
are great mixers in the high summer border.
For a classic pastel combination, mix agapanthus
with pale phlox and blue and white campanulas - many forms of campanula persicifolia flower at the same time - or use the blue of agapanthus
flowers as l dfld a cool contrast to red flowers and tropical foliage, mixing them with canna, ricinus and dahlias and a miscanthus or two, so that not only colours but shape too contrast and stimulate.
IN the big greenhouse we've been attending to eucomis, salvias, agapanthus
and dahlias - including 'Bishop's Children', grown from seed.