July 31, 2012

A Hummingbird Garden in Pots

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' The Blue Lily of the Nile is a common landscape plant in the south, and in California, but here in New England they are a treasured beauty, perfect for large tubs that can spend summer outdoors on the terrace where they will blossom during the hottest days of the summer.



AGAPANTHUS 'STORM CLOUD' 
 This dark blue tall strain comes from an original strain in Saratoga, Florida where according to the Plant Delight web site, Barrie Coate selected this strain from open pollinated seedlings from the deciduous Agapanthus 'Mood Indigo'. Tony Avent says that this plant can take temps down to 28 deg. F. But I have to admit that I have one clump in our front garden which has been outside for ten years ( it comes up every year, but has only bloomed once). These large tubs spend the winter in the cold greenhouse, which suits them fine. I divided the tubs two years ago, so they bloomed poorly last year, but this year - I have 25 stems, each one 6 feet tall.
AGAPANTHUS 'WHITE HEAVEN'

THE HUMMINGBIRDS FAVOR THESE WHITE AGAPANTHUS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR. WE NOW HAVE 4 TUBS OF THIS GIANT, IT IS TALLER THAN I AM.
Oh God, I can't believe that I am showing this picture, but you all have been hounding me to show what the garden really looks like - not always the pretty parts!. Here you go - weeeds, hoses, lanky, unstaked agapanthus and the messy greenhouse. It's just been too hot!


'Blue Storm' Lily of the Nile, a lighter blue Monrovia introduction, is just finishing up its blooming period. Not as tall as the giant strains, this one does produce many stems.

AGAPANTHUS INAPERTUS 'NIGRESCENS'
 I have to admit that the of all of the Agapanthus species from South Africa, A. inapertus is my favorite, although I have lost the original species, the cultivar A. inapertus 'nigrescens' comes pretty close to the true strain in color, but lacks the truly pendant flowers of the wild form.

Agapanthus in pots, blend in nicely with other blooming summer bulb plants, such as these Sinningia tubiflora crosses - the Tube Flowered Hardy White Gloxinia, in a fragrant pink, and white form. The Hummers have never been so happy.

2 comments :

  1. Thank you for posting a picture of how parts of your garden really look! makes the rest of us feel better!!! I was really starting to think that all of your garden was perfect, and that had me depressed.

    B

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  2. Love that Gloxinia. I wonder if I could grow it here as an annual bulb.

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