I perhaps shouldn’t be highlighting this month’s plant to you, because it will create a few headaches around the industry.. Agapanthus ‘Twister’ ‘AMBIC001’ is such a gardener’s favourite that plant producers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand. So when you see it, if you want it, you need to SNAP IT UP.
The fancy blooms, awesome colouring and easy-going disposition mean this plant is cherished by gardeners right around the world. So, let’s find out the story behind this sexy beast..
Could this be the ultimate plant of indulgence?
If you’re a plant obsessive like me, I’m sure you’re always trying to talk yourself out of buying more plants. Well, don’t even bother with the Agapanthus ‘Twister’! We all need a show-stopper in our summer garden, and you need to make space for this queen! It’s a plant with a whole range of possible uses- from landscaping to container planting. Mix it with other plants or let them stand out on their own!
Agapanthus are a popular landscape plant around the world, and actually blossom in the face of neglect… ‘Twister’ is an extra special selection, with flowers sporting the colours of delft blue pottery! Each crystal white floret features a sky blue chaser, further set off by the deep green stems. The florets are clustered together like a crown, so it’s no wonder I call this beaut a queen!
How was this plant created?
Selected in South Africa by Quinton Bean and Andy de Wet, ‘Twister’ is the prodigy of an extensive Agapanthus breeding program, which usually generates around 12,000 seedlings each year. ‘Twister’ was clearly a standout from the moment they spotted it, with it’s bicolour blooms produced en masse.
The story of ‘Twister’ began back in 2008, and after extensive trials in various locations around the globe, the first plants were sold in 2013 into the South African market. It was the first time that Quinton and Andy had released a plant into the international market, having previously only bred for the local audience.
What’s different about this plant?
‘Twister’ was the FIRST deciduous, hardy bicoloured Agapanthus to be introduced to the world! Plants are remarkably hardy, and will survive a European winter when well mulched. You’re looking at a plant with a huge range of uses around the garden. I think it would look great mixed with summer annuals in beds, borders and patio pots, as well as the more traditional cottage garden border!
Where can you plant Agapanthus ‘Twister’?
The grassy plants of Agapanthus ‘Twister’ look super exotic, but they’re actually quite simple with their needs. Plant into a sunny position for the best results, and provide a well-drained soil. Plants will grow to around 60cm (24″) tall, and will bulk up quickly, with deciduous strappy foliage. Bees and butterflies will flock to this stylish gem too!
How to grow agapanthus ‘twister’:
Flowering time: July to August
Location: Borders, bedding, patio containers
Soil: Fertile, and well-drained
Light: Sun, ideally
Hardy: Plants will benefit from a winter mulch in cold regions.
Care: Minimal, just tidy at the end of the season
Size: 60cm (24”) high x 45cm (18”) in spread
Plant of the Month is sponsored by Plantipp, a company based in The Netherlands who handle the introduction of new plants into Europe. Agapanthus ‘Twister’ was bred and selected by Quinton Bean and Andy de Wet. Andy owns and runs CND Nursery in South Africa, Quinton is the manager of the plant breeding division De Wet Plant Breeders.
It can actually be quite easy to spot new plants, as nature often does the breeding work for you! Natural variation is referred to as a ‘sport’, or you may find a new hybrid has appeared in your garden by itself. To hunt down these new plants, it’s all about noticing differences. Make sure you take time out to get to know the plants in your garden, and if any seem different to the norm, let me know!
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