I am going to end the month on a happy note with my plant of the month- Agapanthus. I am going to be taking a few weeks break as i take my summer holidays. So i will be back in 3 weeks!!
I will share my photos from my holidays on my return. Happy Friday!!
Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis) is a perennial that comes to cultivation from South Africa. It is grown in gardens everywhere, with cold the plant’s main limiting feature. Evergreen varieties tolerate mild frost but are damaged by temperatures below –5C. Even so, they will often regrow.
The agapanthus is designed for survival, from its thick, fleshy roots to its luxuriant green strappy leaves. Its often long-lasting and bird-attracting flowers are held proudly on thick stems.
The grow best in full sun…if placed in part shade they won’t flower as profusely. Although some summer shade will prevent the leaf burn on very hot days. They like fertile, well drained soil but moisture retentive as well.
Agapanthus is susceptible to heat damage in extreme summers, especially when heatwaves push temperatures over 45C. It is more likely to be burnt by heat if the plant is already drought stressed. Although its foliage and flowers are damaged by high temperatures, it does recover, sending out new growth when conditions improve.
Agapanthus can also be grown as a fire-retardant plant. While it does burn in a fire, it can help slow a fire’s progress and plants recover quickly after the blaze. To use agapanthus as a firebreak, plant thickly, without organic mulch, as a border to lawn or under deciduous trees. The thick roots also bind soil and can reduce erosion on steep or exposed slopes.
Traditionally, agapanthus come with either blue or white flowers but current breeding is turning that on its head. With every shade of blue from the palest to dark-almost-black tones, agapanthus is now also available in bicoloured blue and white, as well as plants with pinkish flowers sold as ‘Roseus’.
Agapanthus is used a lot in Australian gardening but is a great addition to any garden because of its low maintenance and its abundance of flowers. It looks great mass planted.