I love Alliums! Its common name, Flowering Onion, might make you think they smell like onions, but they actually don't have much of a scent. Alliums are elegant, sculptural and offer a form and texture that is unique and very useful in practically any garden design. They are super easy to grow in zones 5-8, love sun and prefer well-drained soil. One of my favorites is 'Globemaster' with its large globe-shaped heads of lavender-purple blooms held high on strong sturdy stems. I think Alliums are interesting in all stages of their growth - before they open, in full bloom, and even after the blooms have faded. They also look spectacular in a vase. I plant them in the Fall with my other bulbs and this year in the Northwest, they started blooming mid-May.
I like to plant my Alliums in
drifts of at least 5 - 9, depending on the design. My Globemaster's
are sitting behind a low boxwood hedge, which doesn't
really hide the foliage, so I'm going to dig them out and store. Next
year, I'm going to pair them up with summer-flowering perennials, like Echinacea purpurea, Salvia, Alchemilla mollis. The expanding perennial foliage will hide the withering Allium foliage.
I also planted Allium 'Purple Sensation' which bloomed early May and were quite beautiful with my deep purple Queen of Night tulips.
Anyone else have a favorite Allium you'd like to share? Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to post them. And, check out the links at the bottom of this post. You can comment, like, and share. Enjoy and always love hearing from you.
Till the next time...
Love, Holly ~ Your Queen Bee at The White Pear