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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Every year I find ways to add more and more Agapanthus orientalis to my garden. Either by dividing the plants already growing or by purchasing additional ones.
Did you know they are part of the Amaryllis family? The most common name for them is African Lily or Lily of the Nile. Some folks say they are blue. But to me they appear more lavender or periwinkle. Especially when compared to a true blue flower like plumbago.
These herbaceous perennials are extremely Florida-Friendly in this zone (9). That means they perform well in our heat and humidity as well as sustaining frost and freezing temperatures in winter. Once they are established they can even tolerate drought conditions.
Because I've planted them in numerous locations throughout the garden mine start blooming in May and some of my plants are still throwing up new buds now at the end of June.
I find they are healthiest when planted in partial sun. They can take a good amount of sun but the foliage seems to stress a little bit in Florida's full sun. That's just my observation as I've tried to notice them growing around town in various conditions.
Undoubtedly, African lily is one of my favorites in the spring/summer garden for their remarkably lovely flowers on 3-4 foot scapes. And, being a foliage fan, I have to say I'm equally fond of their strappy, evergreen leaves that sail through winter unfazed.
The contrast of the bright green stems against the purple trumpeted flowers is another feature I admire. Agapanthus add bright and cheery beauty to the garden in every stage of growth.