Plant of the Month - July
My plant of the month for July is a one horse race - Agapanthus. I like them so much that even my company logo is an Agapanthus flower
These large strappy leaved plants from South Africa are considered boring by some but for me epitomise summer. The leaves add a dark green lush texture to borders and used near terraces in beds or in pots, both the white and blue/purple cultivars are stunning. The anticipation for flowers of the first emerging buds to the growth of long stalks with buds on is considerable, but once open the flowers will last 2-3 weeks as a minimum.
All they need is some tomato feed based plant fertiliser mixed with water to set good flower buds for the following year. Make sure however that you don’t buy non-hardy varieties – or allow hardy varieties to sit in cold wet soil for the winter as they will rot and die. Saying that, I always end up replacing about a 1/3rd of my stock year to year! Slow growers – they are worth the wait once the flowers are out!