Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:06:01 PST
On 13 Nov 05 at 23:29, Burger, Steve wrote:

> If one could only find room to grow two [agapanthuses] which
> two would you choose?

'Bressingham Blue' and 'Bressingham White'

One problem with Agapanthus is that many forms (species, 
cultivars, what-have-you) are fairly tender, while others 
aren't. In particular, I suspect that cultivars originating in 
California are less hardy than those which originate in 
England, say.

And both of these Bressingham cultivars are of English origin.

Neither is a large plant, inflorescences maybe 2' (60 cm) 
high. B.Blue is an exceptionally deep indigo blue, but B.White 
is, frankly, rather washy.

Nonetheless: I'm always tempted by the huge A. africanus forms, 
even though I know they'll need winter protection from frost. 
Some of them, esp. the whites, are outstanding.

But being a self-controlled and highly moral sort, so far I 
have resisted temptation...

We're zone 8b here, but are subject to "arctic outflows" of 
extremely icey air. Not every winter, but often enough that 
marginally hardy plants get nailed too often for comfort.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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