Blue African Lily – AGAPANTHUS

The Blue African Lily, though not quite hardy in exposed districts, is a delightful subject for the midsummer border and does especially well when planted in tubs. The various species producing blooms of different shades of rich blue should be planted with the pure white form – the same combination of colours looks most attractive when planted in tubs. The agapanthus likes a soil containing plenty of sand and some humus generally provided in the form of peat or leaf mould. The bed must be well drained and the bulbs should be planted in a sunny position. During winter a heavy peat mulch should be used for covering the plants and in addition fronds of bracken should be placed over them. The bulbs should be planted 4 in. deep during April when they will come into bloom early in July. When planting in large pots or tubs, broken, but not crushed, charcoal should be used in the soil to keep it sweet, for during winter the tubs should be removed to a dry cellar or outhouse until the following April.

Blue African Lily - AGAPANTHUS

Agapanthus inapertus. This is an extremely beautiful species, producing deep blue flowers with black anthers, at its best during August. In heavy clay soil the plants should be lifted during winter and stored in peat and loam.

Agapanthus inapertus. This is an extremely beautiful species, producing deep blue flowers with black anthers, at its best during August. In heavy clay soil the plants should be lifted during winter and stored in peat and loam.

A. pendulinus. This is a very tall-growing variety, the almost black blooms being carried on 6-ft. Stems. It is particularly attractive planted in the shelter of a shrubbery with a southerly aspect.

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