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All About Allium: Part I

One of the most underutilized perennials is a bulb. What a contribution it makes to the perennial flower bed! The varieties of Allium, a cousin of the onion, offer many unusual shapes and colors to the perennial garden. Their very presence helps to make companion perennials shine. All that is required to create this effect is foresight and advance planning because Allium bulbs need to be planted in the fall in order to blossom the next season.

Image courtesy of VanBloem GardensSpring flowering Allium "Giganteum": As the name implies this plant looks like a lollipop on steroids. A round lilac-purple sphere 4 inches in diameter sits on a spike 36 inches tall. While the florets on the sphere are long lasting, the large leaves at its bottom are not. To camouflage the fading foliage, plant Allium among early spring perennials that camouflage their feet or plant them at the back of the border where the leaves will go unnoticed. But do plant them. Gigantium bulbs planted in groups throughout the garden make a dramatic statement. This variety of Allium is hardy in zones 5 to 9.

 

 

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Thank you for providing us a crucial information about Alliums.
Very informative post and useful as well.

I enjoyed reading every bit of it.
Thank you once again.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbie from office plants

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