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Garden Writer Radell Smith highlights the characteristics and uses of the Southern Living Plant Collection’s Queen Mum™ Agapanthus in the North Georgia Trial Garden.

Agapanthus, also known as an African Lily, are in full bloom this time of the year in most gardens. African lilies have a reputation for being a tender perennial that cannot withstand frosts, according to the Express, but now they are considered “a real star” due to their more hardy nature thanks to the new varieties that have been bred.

And that brings us to the Southern Living Plant Collection’s Queen Mum Agapanthus, a deciduous perennial which blooms in late spring and early summer, and which is currently one of the plants included in a North Georgia trial garden.

This variety of Agapanthus orientalis is far more hardy than predecessors, and while it is meant for use in USDA Planting Zones 8 through 11, it is finding great success in the trial garden located in Zone 7, which was started by the Atlanta Pop Culture Examiner.

Agapanthus orientalis Queen Mum is hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it grows successfully in full-sun to part-shade, is deer resistant, and has a moderate to fast growth in its designated planting zones in the U.S.; however, the Atlanta Pop Culture Examiner wanted to see if it would thrive in a zone outside its predetermined range. And it is doing so wonderfully.

Large dual-colored flower heads promised blooms of white and violet blue, according to the company’s website, and they have delivered, looking elegant against the strap-like foliage that clumps together beneath them.

What makes this flower so attractive to gardeners, however, is that it can be placed successfully in the southern flower bed, used as a drive border, relegated to a show-stopping spot in a flower pot at a home’s entrance, or even planted in a box or other container for transport elsewhere.

In the North Georgia trial garden it is being housed in a pot at present at the garden home entrance, next to another Southern Living Plant Collection beauty: a gardenia.

Expect flowers spring through summer the first year with this Agapanthus orientalis version, unlike some other versions which may not bloom until a year or two later. And for more on this plant visit this Agapanthus Queen Mum video. To purchase this plant for yourself visit one of these Georgia suppliers.

Atlanta Pop Culture Examiner Radell Smith covers gardening events, horticultural shows and landscape design workshops in Georgia and the Southeast, including this year’s Atlanta Horticultural Society’s annual flower show event.

To secure her coverage of your event or for consideration of your products in the North Georgia Trial Garden, contact her at [email protected].

To view the full article and images on Examiner.com, click here