Varieties of Alliums

One of the most remarkable flowers in my garden is the allium or ornamental onion. It's a bloom that always gets people talking.

Adding this statement maker to your own garden is easy. Just plant the bulbs in fall in a spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of sun with well-drained soil. They are relatively critter proof, perennial and drought tolerant and because they are bulbs you don't need a lot of space to grow them. You can even plant them in containers.

There are hundreds of allium types and varieties to choose from. You can select the big round blooming varieties such as 'Globemaster' or get really crazy with A. schubertii, which look like starbursts or fireworks. Drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) fits right in the cottage or informal garden.

Drumstick Allium
Drumstick Allium
Globemaster Allium
Allium 'Globemaster'
Allium christophii
Allium christophii
Globemaster Allium
Allium 'Globemaster'
Allium Schubertii
Allium schubertii
Gladiator Allium
Allium 'Gladiator'
White Allium
Allium 'Giant White'

Good to Know

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a form of allium that we’re more used to seeing in the herb garden, but the pink puffball blooms are pretty in mixed borders and containers.

Chives
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by ei7164 on September 19, 2013 10:05
beautiful articulate, thank you for the addition

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