A California Treasure, Now for Cooler Zones

Fine Gardening – Issue 191
Little Galaxy Lily of the Nile
Up and Comer Photo: Courtesy of Walter Gardens Inc.

If you’ve ever visited the West Coast and fallen in love with the magical blue flowers of Agapanthus, you are not alone. And if you’ve ever been crestfallen at learning that these warm-weather queens won’t live where you garden, again, you are not alone. Thankfully, we have great news. A new selection of lily of the Nile is now available with supposed hardiness all the way to Zone 6. ‘Little Galaxy’ is everything you’ve come to expect from a stunning lily of the Nile: gorgeous clusters of blue tubular flowers atop tall, sturdy stems throughout summer. The foliage is much the same as well, with long, strappy leaves (looking like lilyturf on steroids) forming dense mounds of bright green. In the cooler range of its zones, ‘Little Galaxy’ dies back to the ground in winter, but it will bounce back without issue the next spring.

‘Little Galaxy’ lily of the Nile

Agapanthus ‘Little Galaxy’

Zones: 6–10

Size: 2 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, fertile, well-drained soil

Native Range: South Africa


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