Hortus Loci owners Robin Wallis and Mark Straver have said despite being big agapanthus fans, they have been frustrated trying to get them to market so are collaborating with a leading Spanish nursery "in a bid to steal a march on their competitors".
Working with a Spanish nursery avoids "the British winter problem" they said as they can raise container-grown stock in Spain".
The move has seen 5,000 9cm plants grow into 3-litre specimens in six weeks. The plan is to keep them in Spain until spring 2014, by which time they should be budded in 10-litre pots and ready for sale from April 2014 onwards.
Hortus Loci plans to repeat the experiment with all of its aromatics, including its own Rosemary prostratus ‘Whitewater Silver’ and several rare lavender varieties.
The nursery recently supplied designer Phil Hirst's gold medal-winning garden at Tatton Park Flower Show, meaning Hortus Loci has grown for 11 gold-medal winning garden at RHS shows in 2013.