Preparation of African Lilies to Withstand Tennessee Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Lenoir City, TN
Question by hamiltonjg
July 11, 2007
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 from NGA
July 11, 2007


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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