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Garden Plants for Flower Arrangements: Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) Headborne Hybrids

Agapanthus headbourne @Royal Blue@There are many different kinds of agapanthus but the ‘Headborne Hybrids’ are considered the hardiest. They are rhizomatous perennials with fleshy roots and grey-green leathery strap-shaped leaves. Their funnel-shaped flowers are white, or light to deep blue and carried in spheres 3-8″ inches across on thick leafless stems two the three feet high from mid to late summer. Plants bloom best when their roots have become crowded. The flowers are striking in the garden but the foliage is attractive even when the plant is not in bloom. Because the stems tend to lean towards the sun the plants should be located in a south facing border. Agapanthus is very popular with florists as the flowers last a long time in the vase. They look well in large arrangements and may be used effectively as a focal point. In cold climates plants can be raised in pots and brought in doors during the winter.

Cutting: No special treatment
Conditioning: No special treatment but remove flowers from the flowerhead as they fade to keep the head looking fresh. Buds continue to open when the flower stalks are in water.
Preserving: Heads with seed pods can be dried by hanging up-side down in a dry room
Size: 2-4’ H x 2’ W
Light: Full sun
Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained; established plants somewhat drought tolerant.
Hardiness: Zones 8-11
Propagation: Seed, division in spring
Care: Fertilize in spring;  in cold climates bring plants indoors to the basement in fall. In spring water sparingly until growth begins; divide every 3-4 years.

Recommended Reading:

Flowers: The Book of Floral Design
Tussie-Mussies: The Language of Flowers
The Complete Flower Arranging Book
The Flower Workshop
Infinite Succulents
Container Gardeners Handbook
The Plant Recipe Book
Seasonal Flower Arranging
Martha's Flowers
Discovering Dahlias
The Flower Recipe Book
Modern Faux Flower Projects
The Botanical Bible
Flower School
A Year in Flowers
The Posy Book
The Little Flower Recipe Book
Flower Porn
Flower Chef
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden
Herbs: Gardens, Decorations, and Recipes