Agapanthus Silver Baby
African Lily

Agapanthus Silver Baby

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With delicate white funnel-shaped flowers, tipped pale blue at the edges, exploding from tall stems in summer, Agapanthus Silver Baby has a real impact in the garden. Agapanthus are perfect patio plants and grow well in pots, as well as in beds and borders. The clump forming perennial can easily be propagated by division, so is great value in the long run.

Originally from South Africa, Nile or African lilies grew from the Cape Province to the Limpopo River. Trade meant that the Agapanthus, under various names, arrived in Europe in the 17th century when it was mainly grown in hothouses. Modern breeding means these flowers now bloom in British gardens. It is a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence.

  • Flowers: July
  • Hardy
  • Well drained soil
  • East, South or West aspects
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
  • No pruning required
  • Leave seed heads for winter interest
  • Consider where they are native to understand their treatment - they love sun, and dislike damp, heavy soil. In containers, they are surprisingly happy to become packed in, however if they stop flowering due to overcrowding, they can be divided. Feed after flowering.