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  • African lily
  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.6m

Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Royal Velvet'

African lily

9cm pot £8.99
9cm pot £8.99
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This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but 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: July to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    One of the hardier, deciduous types, this stately agapanthus produces really luscious, royal purple bells, with a near-black stripe along the length of each petal. They open from inky buds that form in loose, open clusters at the top of the sturdy upright stems. A sublime addition to the patio, it also looks great when planted en-masse along the length of a pathway.

  • Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month from spring until the plant flowers. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold, exposed areas protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch.
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