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  • African lily
  • Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Agapanthus 'Strawberry Ice'

African lily

9cm pot £9.99
9cm pot £9.99

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: half hardy (will need protection in winter)

    The newly emerging flowers of this unusual agapanthus are mainly white, but they do have a soft pink flush, which intensifies as the flowers mature. Therefore, by the end of their flowering period, there may even be a hint of raspberry in the mix - and as each flower is quite large, the overall impresion is very showy. Even when not in flower, their semi-evergreen foliage adds seasonal interest, and they look sublime when used to line a sunny pathway, or when potted up for the patio.

  • 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 that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.