A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published November 7th 2014
A Garden to Discover in the Adelaide Hills
Adelaide has a host of beautiful gardens. Many only open to the public at selected times and for open garden schemes. A nursery and garden in the Adelaide Hills is open year round and is quite a find. It is called The Agapanthus Farm, but the gardens are alive with a glorious range of plants, including an ornamental lake.
The property has spectacular views, with 100,000 Agapanthus plants, a four acre garden and a plant nursery. Among the gardens are many delightful birdhouses. These were commissioned by the agapanthus farm and are made from a fibre glass material. So they will not decay or become weatherworn. They are on sale for $395.
The property is a family operation and a warm welcome is assured for all visitors. The farm is generally open on a 7 day basis including public holidays (except Christmas and New Years Day) from 8:30am to 5pm or other times by arrangement. Nursery staff are on hand for advice, something that is often lacking in the big chain store nurseries.
Not knowing much about agapanthus I was to discover that they are an ideal plant for our difficult summers and conditions. Agapanthuses are tough plants that can survive under extreme conditions. They produce a vibrant flower, even when the Australian sun is quite severe.
The agapanthus is an under rated hardy plant that will also grow in shade with constant green foliage. Indeed theses plants seem to thrive in hot sunny conditions with limited water and in most types of soil. Planting only requires the root system to be covered to the plant stem. Planting too deeply should be avoided.
Watering should be carried out when planting and then during the first summer. Subsequently winter rains in most areas should be sufficient. What a bonus for most gardens. To nurture these plants to their best they also need fertilizing with animal manures and blood and bone.
The agapanthus farm is known as Littlewood but is not well sign posted in the main street of Littlehampton. Not writing down any directions I had to ask at a local nursery where to go. A helpful local pointed me in the right direction.
The Agapanthus Farm is worth a visit to explore what can be done with agapanthus and to explore a large open plan garden. Also to buy a plant or two. It is on Easlea Road, Littlehampton. Which is about 30 minutes drive from Adelaide.