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Not to be confused with its relatives from the allium family (garlic, shallots and onions), Ornamental Allium are purely decorative and cannot be used in culinary dishes. They are, however, some of the most unique and easy-to-grow Fall-Planted Bulbs, adding height and texture to the spring garden year after year.
Their problem-solving qualities seem endless.
These easy-to-grow bulbs are perennials and are hardy through zone 2-3. They tolerate almost any soil and prefer full sun. The bulbs will multiply as the years go by so you don’t have to worry about planting them each year. Alliums are drought-tolerant and critter-resistant (critters aren’t a big fan of onions), making them the perfect choice for almost any garden! One important fact about growing Allium is that you need a cold, dormant period for them to bloom in the spring. If you don’t experience this in your area, you can put them in the fridge to ‘force’ the bulbs for spring blooms.
Unique, gorgeous blooms come in a rainbow of colors. My friends like to call Allium "Dr. Seuss flowers" and I think it’s a great way to describe their fun, unique blooms. Globe Master, Gladiator, and Purple Sensation are some of the most common, delighting the late spring garden with large, globe-like, purple blooms. If you’re looking for a more unique bloom, try Allium schubertii, Red Mohican, or the Fireworks Mix. Try pairing purple varieties with white ones such as Graceful and Mount Everest for a fun, contrasting look. Not sure which bulbs to plant? We have a Wild About Allium Bulbs Mix and a Rainbow Mix.
What are you experiences planting Allium? Please post in the comments below or share your photos with over 100,000 other gardeners on our Facebook Page.
April 11, 2014
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Tags: Allium Bulbs, Deer Resistant Bulbs, fall planted bulbs, Spring-Blooming Bulbs В· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, How-Tos, Perennials