I have loved Agapanthus since the first time I saw one spending the summer in a big pot in a garden out of doors. I don't have the patience to care for such a tender plant in our house and we also like to take a break from gardening in the winter. So I gave up on ever having an Agapanthus.
Until I discovered this gem in the catalog of the late Seneca Hill Perennials. It's Agapanthus campanulatus and I acquired it in 2007 for $12.99 According to then-nursery-owner Ellen Hornig, this plant was "acquired from Wayside Gardens over 30 years ago and is hardy in the open garden in Zone 5, central Illinois."
She also noted that it was a modest size but a "robust grower" with the typical Agapanthus foliage and medium blue open flowers. I moved my plant a couple of years ago as it was failing to flower. It has significantly increased in size and this year I have four flowers. It's my pride and joy and I could not be happier to see it bloom this summer.
Alas, even though I've had it quite a while, I have never divided it. Though I might try to split a bit off to create a partner clump across the path this fall. But for the moment, I'm just going to enjoy the sight of these gorgeous flowers and fondly remember Seneca Hill!