It’s Your Home Garden Notes
Better Ways to Use Agapanthus
Poor Agapanthus, choice plant of curbside gardens in lots of warm season zones. It’s not her fault that she’s so useful, easy-to-grow, and brings a whimsical elegance, but in being so, suffers from a case of over-familiarity. Let’s rethink this wonderfully versatile perennial by mixing it into all kinds of landscapes and picking varieties with a range of colors and sizes. We’ll start right here with white-flowering Agapanthus that delivers the “shock and awe” element of this modern landscape by poking up between sheared boxwood balls and tufts of ornamental grasses. Wow.
In a Cottage Garden
Because Agapanthus has such an elegant form, it’s often used in a more formal garden, but look at it here, living it up in full, fluffy cottage-style garden. Fabulous!
Blowsy grasses, seed heads of wildflowers, and stands of Queen Anne’s lace might not be your first thought to pair with Agapanthus, but this smaller-flowering variety is relaxed and at home there.
Packing a simple container with tall-stemmed Agapanthus plays off the modern-but- warm mood of this garden and that blue flower amps up the nearby Bluestone paving.
With nothing of equal or taller height to compete, Agapanthus becomes the main event in this totally eye-popping pathway border. Even the strappy foliage adds to the playful tone.
Light Needs: Partial to Full Sun
Hardiness Zone: 8-10
Watering Needs: Water Weekly, or More Often in Extreme Heat, Until Established.
Average Landscape Size: Moderate grower to 1½ ft. Tall and Wide, 2½ ft. Tall Flower Stalks.
Key Feature: Perennial with Showy Flowers, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Waterwise
Blooms: Purple/White Flowers in Summer; Red Flowers in Spring; Deciduous
Landscape Uses: Border, Coastal Exposure, Container, Cutting Garden, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Urban Garden
Companion Plants: Coral Bells (Heuchera); Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea); Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii); Mullein (Verbascum)
Source: Monrovia | Kate Karam
RE/MAX Champions of Trinity, Florida