Accrington Observer

PLANT OF THE WEEK

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AGAPANTHUS

These beauties are bursting like blue fireworks across the garden. Also known as African lilies, they are perfect for containers as they are happy for their root system to be quite snug, and they can be moved to somewhere sheltered for the winter in colder parts of the UK.

They will still need dividing after a few years as they can become overconstr­icted. Lots of sunshine and water during the growing season keeps them happy.

The spherical flower heads also come in white and purple, and there’s a bi-coloured version called ‘Queen Mum’ which has white florets with a violet-blue base and a height of three to four feet. Feed regularly in spring with high potash feed for maximum flower power.

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