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West Midlands, Uk
Kalisti
Jun 1, 2018 8:53 AM CST
This is probably a newbie question. I have seen many perennial boarders mixing these two, Lavender and Agapanthus.

What I can t find out is how these two are made happy to grow together, as the lavander want well-draining soil but the agapantha wants moist but we'll drained soil. Are these two plants put together just for show gardens or do they really work together practically? And if so what type of management is needed to make it work?

(secondary question - Could I make it work.? .. My soil is a good loam. I have a boarder in full sun held by red brick on one side, the loam here is stoney and with sand dug in, and drains really well. Lavender are seeming to like it at the moment.)

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tarev
Jun 1, 2018 9:26 AM CST
Hello Kalisti, your loam soil should be okay, but my concern will be the amount of full sun and heat that your area can provide. These plants as I have seen them thrive here easily in our California weather prefers 6 to 8 hours and longer of full sun and lots of warm to hot temperatures. That is why they are often found here planted along parking islands and edging areas that get unobstructed full sun. Well draining soil is very important, it will not like to sit in very wet soil for a long time. Too much rain and too high humidity levels are not their preference.
West Midlands, Uk
Kalisti
Jun 4, 2018 12:08 AM CST
Thanks Tarev.

And would agapantha thrive in those same conditions, that's what I am trying to understand?

I read that lavender can do fine with the sun in the UK, not as hot as CA of course, but much longer days. I am going to add a grit mulch just under them to help, and add other Advices for growing them in the UK.

But together with agapantha?
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
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scvirginia
Jun 4, 2018 7:30 AM CST
I'd guess you could grow English lavenders without much trouble, and perhaps you already have?

I would think you could most easily grow them together if you use attractive containers with whichever plant will need soil amendment.

Or if you don't like that idea, you could perhaps try staggering the plantings, and add grit in the planting holes for the lavender.

If you really want to make it work, I'm sure you'll figure out how to do that, and I hope you'll post photos of the combo when you succeed.

Cheers,
Virginia

PS I found this photo from the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2014:
https://www.gardenia.net/garde...

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