one of the most effective ways to ensure continuing color and beauty in
your garden after spring-flowering bulbs
faded. While you wait for the cheery blooms of summer flowers it¹s easy to
enjoy the outstanding features of Alliums:
• Exceptionally easy to grow with little concern for soil
• Intriguing, unique character of blooms that are a delight to
• Great ornamental value after flowering because the flower
heads continue to provide an interesting display even
after the colors have faded.
• Great in dried arrangements.
• Ability to naturalize exceptionally well by multiplying year
after year for increased beauty.
• Distasteful flavor for animals, so they won¹t eat any part of
• Attractive to hummingbirds!
Alliums come in all shapes and
sizes and are lots of fun to grow. They fit into almost any garden setting
and provide a much-needed bridge of color between spring and summer
flowers. Sometimes called "ornamental onions", Alliums do best in full sun with
well drained, fertile soil and good moisture. Plant them in September or
October about 8-10" deep. Allium really look best in the
company of other summer bloomers. Sweet alyssum, rock cress
, bachelor's buttons, coreopsis
, iris red hot poker
, coralberry, barberry, Japanese
Maple, Deutzia rosea, weigela, and Geranium pretense are just some of the
companion plants that look fantastic with Alliums.