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Friday, June 1, 2012
Agapanthus Admirer Alert
Every year it's the same. When the stalks of Agapanthus (Agapanthus orientalis, lily-of-the-Nile, African lily, African blue lily) begin to shoot up into the air from the midst of their strappy, clumping, evergreen foliage my heart does a little leap inside my chest. And that's even before the first sign of blue-hued petals have begun to display their pom-pom-shaped clusters of individual trumpets.
This season they started blooming early like most of the flowering perennials/shrubs have done so far. Everything in Central Florida was given a head start with warm weather descending on us ahead of schedule.
In case you don’t know it yet, Agapanthus holds a highly-favored status in my list of must-have plants. It bears a mention and is not an overstatement that it ranks at the top of the six plants I can’t live without.
In an effort to include them in almost every planting area in my garden, I have multiplied Agapanthus by dividing rhizomes and transplanting them as well as purchasing additional ones each spring. I refer to them affectionately as aggies, although I hesitate to abbreviate the fun-to-say word, Agapanthus. Go ahead and say it. I don't mind sharing my fun with you. Ag-uh-PANTH-us. There now. Wasn't that fun!
In my garden they grow in mostly high-shifting light and shady areas. Last week there was quite a discussion about the various conditions in which they grow best over on my Hoe and Shovel FACEBOOK Page (click over and LIKE the page to leave your own comment). After that discourse I was paying very close attention to the many places I saw them blooming around town. There were several instances where they were clumped together in a situation providing them with a great deal of sun, much to my surprise. My own observation is that the foliage never looks quite as healthy or vibrant in those circumstances. But the plants were blooming just fine.
Suffice to say Agapanthus are highly adaptable in a number of conditions; they are showy when blooming, cold hardy in winter and drought tolerant in summer. (If you'd like to read what the experts say about them click on this link for the UF edis document.)
My fan meter is off the charts for them. They add so much structure and texture in my planting beds year round. Tell me your Agapanthus story. Have you found them to be happy in sun, shade, or both?
Happy June gardening,