Fairweather’s is the largest grower of Agapanthus in the UK and has a collection of over 300 cultivars approved as a National Collection.
Whether grown in the ground or in a container, agapanthus bloom best in full sun. Colours include bright blue but they come in many shades of blue and purple and there are some white ones too. The plants are about 2 feet tall but the flower stalks rise up above the foliage, growing to be a striking 3-4 feet high. http://fairweathers.co.uk/agapanthus-advice-how-to-grow/
Most Agapanthus bloom for around 6 weeks, however 'Flower of Love' has been specially bred to be much more floriferous for an incredible 10-12 weeks, starting around mid-July.
Regal and romantic. Many strong stalks are capped with clusters of open, trumpet-shaped blooms, creating spherical flower heads that almost seem to float above the strap shaped foliage.
Thick fleshy roots store fluid and nutrients to enable these low-maintenance plants to flourish in poor dry soils, whether in containers or borders.
Excellent as cut flowers, lasting well in a vase.
Fairweather's Garden Centre is a large plant and garden centre, in the centre of Beaulieu, with plenty of parking. Owned and managed with passion and expertise by the Fairweather family. Large outdoor plant area with wide range of plants backed up by expert advice and a 5 year guarantee on all hardy plants sold. Well stocked garden shop, and comfortable cafe Steff's Kitchen to take a well earned break. Patrick's Patch is an inspiring, educational and productive garden adjacent to the garden centre.
Steff’s Kitchen is one of the most popular places to eat in the New Forest, with its warm and friendly welcome and home cooked food. From warm scones straight out of the oven to hearty soups, everything is freshly prepared. Local ingredients are used wherever possible, including local free range eggs, sausages and ham. Vegetables are largely sourced from within the New Forest area and often taken direct from Patrick’s Patch over the road. In the summer enjoy garden-fresh salads made from leaves and vegetables picked the same morning.
Outdoor seating area is always open whatever the weather, so dog walkers have somewhere to sit with their canine companions and with the addition of our new dog umbrella, no one gets wet, the perfect New Forest Cafe stop!
Breakfast is served from 9am to 11:30am. Hot lunches are from 12pm to 3pm. Cold lunches are from 11am-4pm. Cakes and drinks are served all day, 9am to 5pm.
Patrick’s Patch is an inspiring, educational and productive garden that Fairweather's have built adjacent to the Garden Centre in Beaulieu High Street – it’s free to enter but any donations given go to the NGS (National Gardens Scheme). Year round the team grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers that are used in the Fairweather's café, Steff’s Kitchen. Free courses are held regularly, for details and book online visit www.fairweathers.co.uk