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Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

PerkiPerki Posts: 2,452

I am toying with the idea of growing a Agapanthus triumphant blue in a herbaceous border south facing it will be well drained when I am finished with it, I think of mixing it in with a kniphofia tawny king - echinaea magnus - eryngium planum. 

Just wondering how successful other people have done growing them in a border instead of a pot. And can the leaves be shaded by other plants  in other words does it need planting at the front of the border.



  • Agapanthus grow like weeds here in pots or borders. I would advise that if you plant in a pot be aware that it would need repotting every year or two to prevent the pot from cracking as the roots are very forceful. The plants grow to about half a metre high and wide but the flowers will shoot up to a metre tall, slugs and snails love making a home inbetween the cool leaves of the plant.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    Mine was in the ground for years, I only potted up to get it out of the way of drain digging. I'll plant it out again soon. I think it looked better in the garden but I'm not very good at looking after things in pots. I forget themimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    Bit chilly for them up here. I grow in pots and take into heated greenhouse for the winter months 

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,120

    I had Headbourne Hybrids in a border when I lived in Kent years ago, sheltered, close to the house. They looked wonderful. I planted a hardy Agapanthus in a border last year, hope it comes up this year.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735

    I grew mine in open borders when we lived in Hants on sandy soil. I keep them in pots here in waterlogged Devon.

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,452

    I do get a lot of rain here in the south west Pennines, I supposes it a bit of a gamble, a couple of 2 litre agapanthus pot are cheap either. I might try a pot and sit it behind the kniphofia.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735

    I'm in the process of repotting some of mine ( about 60 ). It's a bit like those nature films with crabs sizing up the next shell. I have to empty one pot to make it free for the next one.

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,452

    60 image  image  I see some people chop them in half when replanting but you must have some big plants now hosta. 

    I bought one from Lidl last year for 99p  it grown. But I wished I didn't bother,  should of got a bigger one instead. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735

    I let them get as big as will fit the biggest pots then they get chopped. You can be ruthless with them. I use an old bread knife on smaller plants and a spade on bigger plants.

    Mine didn't read the books which say they don't flower the year they're split as most did flower last year after another major splitting episode.

    I try to split about 1/3 each year, depending one how they've grown.

  • They grow as roadside weeds in Australia along with Nerines, Evening primrose and crocosmia


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