How to Grow Agapanthus


Agapanthus, also known as Lily-of-the-Nile, is a tall perennial plant with large clusters of blue flowers. They are hardy in zones 8 to 11 and can grow up to 5 feet high. Agapanthus is equally at home in the perennial garden or large container pots on a deck or patio. They can be brought indoors over the winter months.

Planting & Care

Step 1

Agapanthus prefer mostly sunny locations. If planting in the garden, make sure the soil is well-drained with a bit of manure or peat moss added in. Dig a hole for the bulbs and place them just below the surface of the soil, spacing them about 1 to 2 feet apart. Cover with soil and water generously.

Step 2

If planting in a container, the soil should also be well-drained. Good quality potting soil is ideal. Make sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom. Plant the bulbs as in step 1.

Step 3

Flowers will bloom during the summer and make excellent cut flowers.

Step 4

In the fall, after flowers have stopped blooming, cut back the stems to the ground, but leave the leaves intact, so the bulbs will be able to receive their nutrients.

Step 5

Container plants can be brought indoors during the winter and kept in a sunny location. Remove any spent flowers to keep the plant in bloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel or shovel
  • Agapanthus Bulbs
  • Compost, manure or other organic material
  • Water
  • Large container, if desired
  • Potting Soil


  • New Complete Guide to Gardening;Susan Roth, 1997.
  • Pick the Right Plant; Time-Life Books, 1998.
  • Agapanthus Planting Guide
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