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Crocosmia v. agapanthus

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532


Three years ago I cut a hole in the middle of the grass and planted a clump of agapanthus which came from elsewhere in the garden.  It thrived and flowered, then I enlarged the bed and surrounded the agapanthus with crocosmia.  Until this year, they seemed happy together, and the agapanthus grew a little taller than the crocosmia.  This year, the crocosmia gave a terrific display, but the agapanthus seems overwhelmed, its leaves have reached two-thirds of the usual length, and it has two small flower heads instead of the usual 15-20 big ones.  It's positively cringing!  If you big up the top picture you can just about see it.

If I dig out half the crocosmias, is the agapanthus likely to re-assert itself?  Or would I do better to re-locate the agapanthus?  They are in front of the house which faces west.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,157

    Crocosmia can be a bit thuggish- can't see the agapanthus fighting its corner very well - I'd move them elsewhere if it were me image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,626

    Yes.  Free the agapanthus.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    It does sound like a good colour association tho image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,157

    I thought so tooimage  The other alternative would to pot up the agapanthus in pots and then sink those pots into the flower bed.  The agapanthus would like the root restriction that would give, and the crocosmia would not be able to invade the space.

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

    Thanks, everyone.  I'll try Chicky's plan.  They do look good flowering together.  Don't you think my hydrangea is a corker?  Don't know if it's something special about our soil chemistry, but round here most of the pink ones are that vibrant shade.

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