I have been surprised, and delighted, at how well the agapanthus have done in the garden. Although all planted in sun, the soil is often soggy in winter but they don’t seem to object too much. i even have two clumps of broadleaved, evergreen agapanthus (un-named) that has large heads of bloom and these are improving, producing more flowerheads each year. They still have a way to go to be crowd-stoppers but they will have four and five heads each this year. And this is despite the fact that the leaves are almost entirely killed by winter frosts.
So I have been adding more, mostly narrow-leaved, deciduous agapanthus. We had rare visitors at the weekend and I was reminded that I always say that there is no point planting agapanthus in any colour other than blue because that is the whole point of them! Lovely as they are, I can’t see why anyone would plant white agapanthus. Even if you are being all ‘designery’ and, say, plant around a formal pond with white hydrangeas, wispy stipa, white roses and lilies and the like, I can’t see that white agapanthus would look any better than blue. Ironically, I grew some agapanthus from seed and of the few that have reached maturity I see that the first to bloom is going to be white! That leaves me with a problem! But to add to my erratic plant selections, I have just bought another agapathus, and it is not blue either! (I ought to admit that I also planted ‘Twister’ which is blue and white – but that counts as blue).
With the hideous, rabidly commercial name of ‘Poppin’ Purple’, my new plant is definitely not blue but I was immediately drawn to it and it had to come home with me.
‘Poppin’ Purple’ (MP003) is apparently the world’s first evergreen, reblooming agapanthus. It was introduced in 2020 and was bred in South Africa by Andy De Wet and Quinton Bean. They are responsible for ‘Twister’ too so I imagine they have a stream of novelties in the pipeline. ‘Poppin’ Purple’ won ‘Best New Perennial’ at a Dutch trade show in 2020. It should grow to 60cm in bloom and in the USA is sold as ‘Ever Amethyst’. As well as having a long flowering period it is said to be resistant to crown rot – possibly more of interest to plant producers than gardeners.
The flower colour is a rather dusky purple and I think I will plant it with lemon yellow to show it off – I just have to decide what!