Sunday, 3 June 2012

African lilly flowers.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need protection in winter)

    Showy globes of trumpet-shaped flowers ranging in colour from deep to pale blue, appear from July to September on straight stems above clumps of strap-shaped, mid-green leaves. Headbourne Hybrids are a particularly fine variety of African lilies, ideal for a sunny well-drained border or a large patio pot.
  • Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month from spring until the plant flowers. In cold, exposed areas protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch.
  • Eventual Height: 0.6m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.4m

  • A free flowering deciduous form with mid blue flowers that are held in open clusters on top of tall, dark green stems that have a gark sheen. It looks right at home in a Mediterranean style planting scheme, and will thrive in pots and containers. Invaluable for providing late summer interest.
  • Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser throughout the growing season. Keep reasonably dry during the winter and protect the crowns with a dry mulch in the autumn. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.

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