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Agapantha 'Dark Velvet'
Agapantha 'Dark Velvet'

Agapanthus also known as African lilies will bring a touch of drama and architectural structure to your garden display from late summer into autumn with spectacular blooms of white, lilac, and blue.

These striking plants produce clusters of trumpet shaped flowers on tall sturdy stems that grow to 60 – 80 cms tall and flower between July and September. 

Best grown in groups in a large container of well-drained soil in full sun, these plants grow best when their root system is restrained, encouraging them to put all their energy into the production of flowers with the help of a liquid feed once a week. 

For that statement look, these plants look amazing planted in an odd number of identical terracotta pots positioned on a patio or lining a path – a definite touch of elegance.

These hardy perennials, available in evergreen or deciduous varieties are well equipped to survive our British winters but will benefit from winter protection either in a cold frame or a sheltered corner of the garden.

Once the flowers have finished, the seed heads are attractive to enjoy into Autumn and then simply cut back the flower stems at their base and apply a generous layer of mulch around the crown to provide protection from frost to ensure they come back year on year.

Agapanthus, once established, are drought tolerant plants so in our changing climate make the perfect addition for a gravel garden paired with grasses for a Mediterranean feel.

In short, if you are looking for mid-summer garden glamour for a sunny spot, then you cannot go far wrong with an agapanthus.

This month we had some very good news. We have been shortlisted for the national Pro Landscaper Project Awards 2024 for our show garden Time to Reflect in two categories, Sustainable Garden and Temporary Installation. You may remember we entered this competition last year with our RHS Chelsea Flower Show Container Garden, The Mary Anning Space to Learn Garden and won, so fingers crossed.

Time now for me to close and get packing ready to head off to BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC and build our showcase garden Stop and Smell the Flowers. The show runs from 13-16th June, and in next month’s column I will let you know how we got on, but if you cannot wait until then, you can follow us on Face Book: Sandhurst Garden Design or on Instagram: sandhurst_garden.

Until next time

Julie

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