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  • Eventual height: 0.4m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

Agapanthus 'Golden Drop' (PBR)

African lily

9cm pot £12.99

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    Create drifts of colour towards the front of the border, line the edges of a sunny path, or fill your patio pots with this compact (but showy) African lily. Its slender foliage is banded with yellow, and it forms a dense clump from which open flowerheads appear in late summer, each holding a cluster of lilac-blue bell-shaped blooms.

  • Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring until flowering. Towards the end of September ease back on watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold areas, protect the crowns of the plants with a deep, dry mulch to protect them from hard frosts, or grow in a pot so they can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Divide agapanthus that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.
  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten