I love my Storm Agapanthus


Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you how enthusiastic I am. I’m also very open. So if I’m feeling enthusiastic about something in particular, chances are you’ll hear about it. And since every man’s blog is his castle, if I want to enthuse about something here, I think will. Openly and without apology. Even when it’s one of my plants, which Storm agapanthus is.  (You’ll see from the video above that Phillip Townshend, our Operations Director, is equally enthusiastic about Storm!)

The point is, we always knew this particular variety, spotted in the field on a plant finding mission a few years back, was going to be a winner. But what I’ve only just realised is just how much of a winner it has turned out to be. And the proof is in the fact that I see it everywhere, and every-how. Let me share the list with you.

First off, and probably most predictably, is the standard agapanthus treatment where the drive is either flanked or bordered on one side with a soft mounded continuous line of them. There’s a classic example I drive past almost daily – a gentle curve to the driveway, with a lovely line of birch trees. Which is a really clever moment of landscape design because the white bark of those trees looks especially good when the river of white Snow Storm agapanthus comes into bloom – for weeks and weeks.

Then there’s the Southern Californian estate we drove through recently where it should have felt sun-baked. But thanks to some sweepingly extensive blue and white sheets of massed planting (Snow Storm and Blue Storm) it felt more like a tropical resort.

Not that agapanthus need to be planted in their thousands to look good, and the proof sits out on the deck at my favourite lunch haunt in the Dandenong mountains (sorry, no reveal as it’s hard to get a table with just the locals for competition). Here there are two very attractive but diminutive planters filled by someone with an eye and sense. The hero is Snow Storm, with Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina), and the white, clove scented carnation ‘Mrs Sinkins’ falling over the rim. They look good and I can confirm they’ve stayed looking good, which isn’t a surprise to me as all three plants are tough, proven performers holding their own in what is a very sunny, exposed (with a great view) spot.

And the list goes on. The clumps beneath the trees at the cemetery at a recent funeral. The border planting along the narrow bed between fence and swimming pool at a hotel where we stayed last year. The clumps tucked into a coastal planting just above the sand line near our weekender.

Here’s what Blue Storm agapanthus looked like when we saw it in the field. We should have realized then what a fantastic plant it would turn out to be.

And the fact that the white was as thick, prolific and longer flowering as the blue was almost too good to be true. Snow Storm’s turned out to be every landscape designer’s best friend.

I’m not raving – just keep your eyes open, and you’ll start seeing these bullet proof gems in your sleep. (I see them in my happy dreams…)



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17 Responses to I love my Storm Agapanthus

  1. Bob Brower November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    It’s nice to have flowers for a long time, both in the garden and bucket loads of flowers for cutting and bringing inside without guilt, and so useful structurally both in flower and as architecturally brilliant plucked stalks.

  2. Sandi England May 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I have just bought a Blue Storm Agapanthus. It caught my eye and I just had to have it. Love the color. I noticed a few seed pods I believe on some of the stalks amongst the beautiful flowers. Are they seed pods? Can I use them for more plants? Do you dry them out? Do they just open up and spread seeds on the ground? Will they produce new plants that way? What should I do? Thanks so much! Sandi

  3. Your Easy Garden Team May 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi Sandi,
    I’m glad you like your new Blue Storm. What you’re seeing are seed pods, but the seeds are sterile. However, if you cut those stalks off (down into the plant) once flowering has finished, you’ll get more flowers. Going to seed takes more energy from the plant so getting rid of the flower heads as soon as they’ve stopped blooming will then enable to plant to put energy into sending out more blooms. Hope this helps! (PS – we’d love to hear how you heard about Blue Storm agapanthus).

  4. Sandi England May 18, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    I have not heard of the Blue Storm agapanthus before. I happened upon one at The Home Depot store here in Sarasota, Florida. I immediately fell in love with the whole plant especially the beautiful color of the flowers. Like alot of other people I’m sure. From what I’ve seen on your website I made a great choice. What makes the seed pods sterile? You have helped alot! Thank you so much! Sandi

  5. Your Easy Garden Team May 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi Sandi – Glad you like the plant. The seed pods end up sterile during the breeding process. Breeders are always having to give up something in order to get another result, so in working to get good looking flowers, they lose the seed pods being able to reproduce.

    BTW, we LOVE Sarasota! You’re very lucky to be able to live there.

  6. C W Whitten July 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Planted agapanthus along the curved walkway to my porch (friend gave me plants divided from her garden). Three of them bloomed this first year. They are planted in full sun here in Central FL. Love them! Was told that aluminum silicate good for blue blooms, same as for my blue Endless Summer hydrangeas…. ??? True?

  7. Your Easy Garden Team July 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Hi, we don’t think its necessary. They are breed to be blue, so their color doesn’t change through soil acidity. They just need to be fed regularly with an all purpose fertilizer, and they’ll be just fine.
    Happy to hear that you’re enjoying them!

  8. Steve lloyd June 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi all

    Just brought 2 agapanthus blue storm today.i have a lot of varieties of agapanthus but these one will look great as a pair on my patio
    Was surprised to find how profusely they flower and can’t wait for that moment
    Happy gardening

  9. linda April 14, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    WHERE can i find agapanthus snowstorm?????

  10. Your Easy Garden Team April 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    They’ll start showing up in the box stores and better garden centers soon.

  11. linda April 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    what online store carries agapanthus snowstorm? I have been searching for them for a few years now. Help!!!

  12. Your Easy Garden Team April 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

    Hello Linda, there are no online sources for Storm agapanthus. However, if you live in a zone 8-11 you can shop via Monrovia Nursery’s website and they’ll have the plant delivered to a garden center near you. Here’s the link for their online shopping site: http://shop.monrovia.com
    And here’s the specific link for Blue Storm on their site: http://shop.monrovia.com/blue-stormtm-lily-of-the-nile-35879.html (they don’t seem to be selling Snow Storm or any other white agapanthus at this point).

  13. Murray January 11, 2018 at 3:03 am #

    Is the variegated one called Agapanthus ‘Surprise Storm’ available yet? Is it a tall, medium or low grower please?

  14. Your Easy Garden Team January 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    Hello Murray, I’m checking with the folks in New Zealand on availability of Thunder Storm, the new variegated variety of Storm agapanthus and will get back to you once we hear from them. In the meantime, I can tell you that the size is 50cm and including the flowers, about 75cm. Hope this helps! Thanks for your interest.

  15. Your Easy Garden Team January 13, 2018 at 2:44 am #

    Hello again Murray, Yes, they’re available in NZ and you can source Thunder Storm from your local Bunning’s or Mitre 10 store. The size is 50cm and including the flowers, about 75cm. Hope this helps! Thanks for your interest.

  16. Murray January 15, 2018 at 12:23 am #

    Thanks Team! I know that Agapanthus ‘Surprise Storm’ is mainly grown for its variegated foliage, but when it does flower, I presume they are blue rather than white?

  17. Your Easy Garden Team January 16, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Murry, please go to http://www.tesselaar.com, click on the Storm Agapanthus link under “Plants” and you’ll see a full description and photos of the variety (which is called “Thunder Storm”, not “Surprise Storm”).

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