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Agapanthus is a landscape staple in warm-winter regions, and it's no wonder why. This easy-to-grow perennial produces colorful globes of blue or white trumpet-shape flowers in summer and fall. Its evergreen strappy leaves add texture to beds, borders, and containers.
Agapanthus blooms best in a spot where it gets full sun and has moist, well-drained soil. Divide it every three to four years to keep clumps healthy and vigorous.
If you live in a cool-winter area, you can overwinter agapanthus in containers by bringing the pots to a cool (around 40 degrees F) spot and watering them only once a month or so. In spring, move the containers back outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Potted agapanthus is said to bloom best when slightly root-bound.
more varieties for Agapanthus
Agapanthus africanus is a common type with blue flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall. It grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 9-10
'Headbourne Hybrids' agapanthus
Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids' are a popular strain that bear flowers in shades of violet blue. They grow 4 feet tall. Zones 7-10
'Peter Pan' agapanthus
Agapanthus 'Peter Pan' is a dwarf selection that offers light blue flowers throughout the summer. It grows 1 foot tall and wide. Zones 8-11
'Snow Storm' agapanthus
Agapanthus 'Snow Storm' is a fast-growing, floriferous selection that produces clusters of pure-white flowers in late spring and summer. It grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 8-10
Agapanthus africanus 'Albus' shows off clusters of pure-white flowers in late summer and early fall. It grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-10
plant Agapanthus with
The leaves look like chives and if you walk by a planting of this South African native bulb and brush the foliage, you'll catch a whiff of garlic. The beautiful clusters of lavender-pink flowers have a sweet fragrance, similar to hyacinth perfume. They open up on tall stems from early summer until late fall. Noted for its drought tolerance, society garlic has become a staple in southern California landscapes.
Make a bold statement in your garden with kangaroo paw. This unusual perennial comes from Australia and bears strappy green leaves and upright spikes of fuzzy flowers in radioactively brilliant colors. The blooms last a long time and make great cut flowers.
Add tropical flair to your garden or home with stunning bird of paradise flowers. Named for their resemblance to a flamboyant tropical bird, the long-lasting blooms appear in shades of orange and white. Outdoors, they are a favorite in tropical landscapes because the plants are practically carefree -- just give them a sunny spot with well-drained soil and you'll be rewarded with the exotic blooms.Indoors, they need a bright spot in order to produce flowers. Many gardeners take their bird of paradise outside for the summer so the plants can soak up the sun. Repot or divide the plants every two to three years if you grow them in a container to prevent them from becoming root-bound.