Saturday, December 7, 2013

Love Those Alliums!

 
Allium giganteum 'Album'
 
Back during the summer, I had the opportunity to tour several gardens. One plant that I saw that I really liked was the allium. That big round flower ball on that tall stem, just stands out in a garden. I have a few in my garden, but they were some that I inherited and not in a mass planting. This year, I decided to add more to my garden and I can't wait to see them in the spring!

 
 
Alliums are easy to grow bulbs that are in the onion family. They come in colors of purple, white, yellow and pink. They need to be planted in well drained soil in a sun or part shade location. Alliums can grow from 4 inches to 3 feet depending on the variety. Make sure to allow at least a foot between each bulb when planting. 
 
Hundreds of little florets make up the flower head.
 
I love the look of alliums. They add whimsical structure and texture to any garden. The flower ball on top is made up of lots of small florets. Alliums are great as cut flowers or they can be used in dried floral arrangement. They look great in a mass planting in containers, beds, borders and in rock gardens. Alliums attract butterflies to the garden and if deer are a problem for you, you will be happy to know that they are deer resistant.

Happy Gardening!

Debbie

Do you have alliums in your garden? What are your favorites? Leave a comment.

1 comment:

Chloris said...

I love alliums too although you have to choose them with car, some of them can become a nuisance.My favourite is Gallium Purple Sensation, it is such a deep rich colour and is one of the earliest to flower.
chloris