At this time of year, I love to see the purple heads of Alliums introducing some fizz to the borders whilst we wait for the drama of perennials to come.Their tall heads sway in the breeze but remain remarkably upright adding much needed height.


The Allium family encompasses the edible shallots and onions (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum) and chives (Allium schoenoprasum).

The edible herb : Chives. Allium schoenoprasum The edible herb : Chives.
Allium schoenoprasum

But the Alliums we plant in our flower borders are often referred to as “ornamental onions”. They are easy to grow bulbs, planted deeply in the autumn in well-drained soil; they do not require much space, their heads rising up on strong stems, ‘scapes’, held aloft above the emerging perennials. They are drought-tolerant and come in a range of sizes and shades – purple, white, blue (Allium caeruleum) and yellow (Allium moly).

They are often the mainstay in early summer Show…

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