Agapanthus 'Liam's Lilac'
- available to order from late summer
- 9cm pot
- 3 x 9cm pots
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)
Named after the UK breeder's grandson, this African lily has soft lilac flowers, which darken slightly towards their base. Forming elegantly nodding, trumpet-shaped blooms that flare out gently at their tips, they appear in open, rounded clusters above the lush foliage. Flowering a little later than many others, 'Liam's Lilac' will help extend the season when planted with other cultivars.
- 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.