Hardy agapanthus range extends

Agapanthus 'Black Magic' -  photo: Richard Loader

Agapanthus ‘Black Magic’ – photo: Richard Loader

2014 will be Fairweather’s first time exhibiting at German international trade fair IPM (January 28-31), but they are not new to the industry, having been in the business of growing for 50 years.
Fairweather’s have spent time developing their Agapanthus range in the UK and claims having had great success with the launch of Agapanthus Northern Star. “The export business has been developed over the past two years into France and Italy. Despite 2013 being a tough year, Fairweather’s has seen their export business double in size”, says Sharon Lowndes from this nursery. “With Fairweather’s knowledge of what makes a good Agapanthus not only for production but also the garden, they have developed a selection of outstanding varieties. “
The main selling points are according to Fairweather’s:
• Varieties that will flower in their first year of production
• Uniformity as produced from vitro
• Hardiness with many being deciduous
The existing range of Agapanthus includes Northern Star, Arctic Star and Double Diamond. New for 2014 are Agapanthus Strawberry Ice and Agapanthus Black Magic.
Agapanthus 'Strawberry Ice' - photo: Richard Loader

Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’ – photo: Richard Loader

Evergreen agapanthus Strawberry Ice is considered as so strikingly different that it is worthy of being in the range. “White flowers are densely clustered and carry a pink flush through them which becomes darker as the flowers age.”
Agapanthus Black Magic (pictured above) is introduced as the darkest deciduous cultivar. “Its black buds open to dark inky-indigo flowers. Flower head is rounded but with some pendulous trumpets.”
All are available as 9cm plants or as contract grown 3cm or 6cm plugs.
Agapanthus 'Northern Star' - photo: Fairweather’s

Agapanthus ‘Northern Star’ – photo: Fairweather’s

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