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by Amanda

agapanthus-liy-of-the-nile-3 Agapanthus is an ancient plant, originating on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt, but in recent years has become a staple in a variety of modern gardens from the northeast to California. Also known as Lily-of-the-Nile or Blue African Lily, the botanical name comes from the Greek word meaning love, so this blue beauty is sometimes known as The Flower of Love. agapanthus-liy-of-the-nile-2 Despite its pervasiveness throughout the US, Agapanthus takes its place as a compelling addition to any landscape, set against the backdrop of an overgrown garden or a manicured lawn. The unique, globe-shaped blooms add a sense of whimsy to the garden or containers. Agapanthus praecox orientalisProlific and charming, this tropical plant is hardy in zones 7-11, where it blooms from late spring into early fall. In colder areas, Agapanthus is grown as an annual and should be to be dug up and stored each winter. Try planting Lily-of-the-Nile close together for colorful clumps of blooms, in tailored, formal rows, or even in containers – the vibrant blooms are sure to create a colorful show in any outdoor space. The blooms last long as cut flowers and give a unique, geometric accent to compact bouquets as well as enhance tall, architectural arrangements. What is your experience growing Agapanthus? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!