A splendid new variety of the plant known as the lily of the Nile which forms the usual large clump of strappy leaves from which rise tall sturdy stems carrying rounded flowerheads made up of myriad purple buds. When these burst open the florets have white petals with a central violet stripe offering a stunning two-tone effect. A mid to late summer beauty. Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 36 in. 2 litre pot.
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Agapanthus Melbourne is a very hardy variety, so there is no need to worry about mulching it in winter. That's our experience, at least.
Agapanthus have a reputation for flowering best when their roots are contained or restricted. This is certainly true when they are in the first couple of years of development, and they are indeed ideal as specimen plants in a large pot.
Whether this qualifies as a true bi-coloured variety, like Enigma, we're not sure, but it certainly is pretty.
Enigma, incidentally, was one of the varieties bred by Ken Rigney who lived locally to us and whom we used to meet at Shootash or Bursledon car boot sales when he sold off his stock plants towards the end of each season. Lovely man.
Agapanthus Melbourne is a hardy perennial with thick strappy leaves and white and violet flowerheads in summer suitable for a sunny position.