Garden flowers

The beautiful umbels of the agapanthus


Blue or white, in the ground or in pots, plant agapanthus! Thanks to their different varieties, all regions can benefit from them.

Its name means "Flower of love" in Greek: the agapanthus, elegant with its umbels perched on tall stems, is known for its beautiful azure blue or indigo flowers, which greatly inspired Monet.

Reported fromSouth Africa by the Dutch in the 17th centurye century, it is prized in regions with a mild climate, Midi and Brittany at the head, because known to be cautious.

But new hybrid varieties have come to change the situation, like "Headbourne" which can withstand cold down to minus 20 ° C.

  • To read: all the advice on growing and caring for an agapanthus

Planting and caring for agapanthus

Planting agapanthus is best done in spring or early fall.

Choose the variety adapted to your climate :

  • evergreen in mild climate,
  • deciduous elsewhere.

Install your plants under the sun in one well-drained soil, not too close to trees that would give them shade.

You can also plant them in pots, in a mixture of 1/3 garden soil, 1/3 pelargonium potting soil and 1/3 river sand, on a thick layer of clay balls. .

Water them regularly the first year (wait for the soil to dry between waterings), and cover them with a winter cover for the first two years.

Each spring, add a fertilizer rich in potash, for example ash and compost.

After flowering, cut the flowers low to the ground, they will leave again the following spring.

Agapanthus variations in blue

In bloom throughout the summer, agapanthus presents well in clumps, associated with grasses, summer bulbs ...

Use the blue agapanthus to highlight the water in a basin or shutters, an azure-colored table or chairs ...

Combine them with other plants that bloom in blue or mauve: feet of lavender, perovskia, nepeta ... Or play on the romantic contrast with phlox, gaura and other roses with pink flowers.

L. H.

Visuals: Plant of the Month

Video: Get Gardening: Agapanthus Heaven! (October 2020).