We help take care of a flower garden but I’ve never seen alliums. If possible, add new soil over your bulb and gently pat down once bulb is completely covered. Each variety is available for purchase at Longfield-Gardens.com, Purple Sensation: This is one of the most easily recognizable allium varieties. Subscribe to my free newsletter. I'm thinking of adding the Globemaster variety and surprising my dad next spring! Alliums do best on light, free-draining soil, in full sun and sheltered from strong winds (otherwise the taller varieties will need staking). Each variety can vary in height anywhere from 12 to 36" tall. Bulbaholic . Some alliums send up a single flower per bulb, but 'Millenium' bulbs will clump, sending up multiples. Grow a few of these amazing Allium bulbs, and I guarantee people will think you’ve hired a professional garden designer! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I'm excited to share that as part of the year of the allium celebrations, one lucky reader will be winning a 50 dollar gift card to, I hope you give growing alliums a try! There are over 700 different types of alliums to choose. Glad you are thinking of planting some Lara! Many people are familiar with the pastel purple flowers these bulbs produce. Can’t wait to see pictures 🙂. From the second year onwards, it is a good idea to give a fortnightly application of a high-potash liquid fertiliser, such as a tomato fertiliser, while the buds are forming and plants are flowering. Wishing you luck with this batch Mia! How to grow alliums. These easy-to-grow bulbs come in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times and flower forms. Many people are familiar with the pastel purple flowers these bulbs produce. I have allium Christophii purple sensation and siculum bulgaricum. The allium genus is made up of some 260 species of bulbous perennials, many of which are well known in the vegetable garden. White alliums, such as A. multibulbosum ‘Nigrum’, look wonderful with silver, too, and add structure to serene white or green planting schemes. Most varieties are very hardy, so I bet you will have success the second time around 🙂. Weave them through sunny borders or combine them with feathery grasses for best effect. A single stem with basal foliage supports a round cluster of purple flowers. With such a wide selection, here is a condensed version of my top 5 varieties. Subscribe to my free newsletter. It's truly something money can't buy. Botanically speaking, alliums are members of the plant sub-family Allioideae, which is in the family Amaryllidaceae – which includes African lily (agapanthus), as well as daffodils, crocuses and many other bulb plants, including amaryllis. It’s wonderful to connect flowers & happy memories together. They are worth the wait, it almost builds up anticipation for me planting them in fall & waiting until spring 🙂. Wishing you all good luck! VARIETY : PLANTING DENSITY PER M2: Special Bulbs: Sun: Partial shade: Shade: Self-propagating: Combination planting: For colour effect: Allium karataviense: x : 15 Origin: Asia (particularly Turkey and Iran) and Europe (especially in the Mediterranean area) That winner will be announced Sunday, May 1st at 6 p.m  ET. Many types are scented and, for me, some of the perfumes are stronger and better than roses. Tulips, however, are in a completely different plant family – Liliaceae – which contains lilies, fritillaries and the dog’s tooth violet (erythronium). All about Allium Bulbs" is a guest blog written by: Graham Clarke Horticultural & Publishing Consultant at HHPS Ltd, My alliums also had white blobs. Some of the link on this site are affiliate links. All Rights Reserved. I'd love to hear all about it in the comment section below. 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