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  • African lily
  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

Agapanthus 'Purple Cloud'

African lily

9cm pot £8.99
9cm pot £8.99

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: July to August
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection from frost in winter)

    A compact agapanthus raised in New Zealand, 'Purple Cloud' produces larger than average flower clusters. The deep blue-purple buds are upright at first, but become pendulous as the violet-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers begin to open. Their intensely coloured flowers work well in bruised colour schemes and the rich green shade of the broad foliage creates a wonderful contrast.

  • Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring until flowering. 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 areas, protect the crown of the plant 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 plants in spring. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.

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