All the Alliums - Ornamental Onions
- There are literally hundreds of Allium species and many of them are highly ornate, with their dramatic colour and unusual forms - Bannockburn Floriculture offers a selection of some of the more interesting types.
- Pom-pom heads, whimsical garden "lollipops" or miniature topiary on sticks - the dynamic forms of the larger Alliums provide eye-catching sculptural accents both in bloom and later as the heads dry.
- The charm of some of the smaller Alliums is revealed when planted in broad sweeps, providing a startling blanket of colour when at their peak.
- Allium colours range from vibrant purple and soft lilac to shell-pink and crimson-mauve; even yellow, white and blue.
- Some Alliums have star-burst spheres while others have star-shaped florets, bringing to mind a display of floral fireworks.
- As well as being suited for cutting fresh some Alliums also produce spectacular dried seed-heads.
- Use Alliums to provide continuity of bloom in the garden, as they flower from the end of the Spring flush on into the beginning of Summer's high season.
- When given the perfect spot some of the Alliums will naturalise, happily multiplying and self-seeding, making them an ideal component for the wild or natural garden.
- Alliums are an excellent source of nectar for butterflies and bees, making them great plants for attracting beneficial insects into the garden.
- Alliums are surprisingly easy to grow and are becoming increasingly fashionable as more gardeners start to realise the true potential of these plants.
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