A great many agapanthus have been introduced in recent years. There are almost five pages of them in the 2017 RHS Plant Finder and the fact is that many are very very similar. One newcomer that stands out, though: 'Flower of Love'.
Developed in Devon by Dick Fulcher, holder of one of the Plant Heritage National Collections of Agapanthus, ‘Flower of Love’ is a deciduous agapanthus, so one of the more hardy, and features prolific heads of deep blue flowers opening from inky buds.
Dick told me: “This fine little cultivar was selected in 2011 for its quality and colour of flower together with its early flowering and short habit of growth. The most similar cultivar is the American 'Brilliant Blue' but 'Flower of Love has slightly larger florets.”
Reaching 40cm (16in) and flowering from the end of June through July, it carries about forty flowers in each head and each flower is violet blue both inside and out. I also noticed that it has a dark zone around the edge of each petal and dark stripe along the centre.
Agapanthus ‘Flower of Love’ is available from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.
* It’s worth noting that Dick’s former nursery, Pine Cottage Plants, no longer sells his agapanthus. They are now available from the nearby Devon nursery, Bowdens.
* Dick Fulcher’s National Collection will be open to the public on limited days by appointment only.
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