The Q&A Archives: Preparation of African Lilies to Withstand Tennessee Winter

Question: In the spring I purchased three very large African or Queen of the Nile Lilies. Each now has four to five large flowering heads. They are gorgeous. I have landscaped these as shrubs in a front garden. I understand they are not winter tolerant in my East Tennessee area. Could you tell me how to mulch or cover these in the winter so they will not die?

Answer: Agapanthus is hardy in zones 8-11 but can be coaxed to survive in zones 6 and 7 if covered over with a 4-5" layer of shredded compost, straw or leaf mulch. It's worth a try in your garden!

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