Agapanthus plants – native to southern Africa – are strong growing perennials, popular for their fine foliage and long lasting flowers.

Agapanthus is often seen planted alongside fences in home gardens and framing driveway entrances. They also found lasting appeal at baches in New Zealand, for the extreme hardiness, salt-tolerance and very low maintenance.

Speak to a bush regenerator on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula or in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, or even to a ranger looking after some parts of New Zealand’s South Island, and you’ll hear agapanthus called an invasive weed. Gardeners and nurserymen, however, tell a different story. For them, agapanthus is a tough, beautiful, long-flowering plant.