Agapanthus

Agapanthus 'Savile Blue'

2011

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white cotton rag 300gsm

Artist's collection


Agapanthus are herbaceous perennials originating from Southern Africa.

Both deciduous and evergreen, some have thick, strappy leaves and others grass-like foliage. They range from fully hardy to half hardy, with the evergreen varieties generally the most tender.

Propagation is straightforward in a southern hemisphere setting, where it often does the task without assistance. In Jordan the flowers are more reluctant to appear, as they can be in the UK.

'Savile Blue' is a mid-blue shade which for the artist only required a touch of Permanent Rose tint in the French Ultramarine blue pigment to bring up the violet hues perfectly. The spectacular flower head is even more enticing up close.