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 varieties can be hardy through zones 2-10. 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 deer-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.
Allium Rainbow Mix easily brings unique textue to any garden.
Blue Allium caeruleum is a deep, clear blue ornamental onion that creates perfect globes of star-shaped flowers on stems only 16" tall. Its rare blue color will help attract bees and other pollinators to your garden. A real beauty! (Allium caeruleum)
Allium Giganteum lives up to its name! They are huge! With heights of 4-5 feet, this Allium is a show stopper. It’s made up of perfect little purple florets that create a large round ball on top of a sturdy stem, similar to a topiary. Adding Allium to a garden will make heads turn and grab attention. The best way to plant is in large groupings for a more contemporary style or periodically place throughout a garden. Blooms in late spring to early summer. (Allium)
'Mount Everest' Allium is a towering figure in the garden, reaching heights of up to 40" tall. Its pure white blooms are an impressive 5 inches across, forming on strong stems that keep them upright whether in the garden bed or cut for the vase. Elegant and deer resistant. (Allium stipitatum)