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Petite, Midsize, or Full-Size? Time to Choose Agapanthus in Bloom

Magazine article Sunset

Petite, Midsize, or Full-Size? Time to Choose Agapanthus in Bloom

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Petite, midsize, or full-size? Time to choose agapanthus in bloom

Gardeners have more choices in agapan-thus(lily-of-the-Nile) these days. Though both petite and midsize varieties have been around for some time, they're now more widely available in nurseries. If you find the big strappy leaves of full-size plants too overpowering, these smaller ones are worth looking for.

This month and next, agapanthus will bein bloom in many places. Flower colors include white and shades of blue. The blue can vary among seedlings, so selecting a plant now will assure you of getting the shade you want.

Petite varieties have 1/2-inch-wide leavesthat grow in compact mounds 8 to 12 inches high. Blooms appear on 12- to 18-inch stalks. "Blue Baby' produces blossoms that range from medium to bright blue, "Peter Pan' has deep blue flowers.

For a midsize version, try a variety like"Rancho White'. It's 3/4- to 1-inch-wide leaves are broader than those of petite kinds but not as broad as those of full-size agapanthus (2 inches across). …

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