Plant of the month – July
Chris’ pick for July’s plant of the month is Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)
Agapanthus is native to South Africa. The name comes from the Greek words ‘agape’ and ‘anthus’, and when put together, means love flower.
They are known for their large blue or white drumstick-headed flowers. They do very well in borders or as a container plant. They like full sun but will tolerate partial shade and well drained soil.
Chris says “I grow lots of Agapanthus in my garden and I am on stoney clay ground and my agapanthus do very well! I have at least 20-25 different varieties, like I said some in pots and lots in the garden as they are an easy plant to grow and they set seed easily to so you can expand or pot them up and give them to your friends. The ones that may need a bit of protection in the Winter are the broader leaf varieties like Queen Mum or Enigma.”
When they have finished flowering cut the stem out before they go to seed if you don’t want them to set seed or leave them on to seed. They are also very easy to grow from seed so why not give it a go!
Here at Thorngrove we have around 25 different varieties so come along a get one today and enjoy these wonderful plants.