Alliums are excellent addition to the perennial border. They are also a cost-effective way to eliminate planting and
replanting annuals every year. Like other bulbs, alliums are perennial, lasting a long time and slowly spreading.
are some tips for excellent alliums:
firm cultural requirement to grow great alliums is drainage (and some sun!). Some gardeners add sand or grit to the soil for
this purpose. Rotting can threaten blossoms as well as bulbs: if you get a pocket of water at the base of the heavy leaves,
make a wee slit for water to exit. Otherwise, flower buds may rot before they rise.
taller alliums (which may not have leaves at bloom time) can be planted amidst low companions to appear airborne—or
intersperse them with higher plants. Clump them. Naturalize. Mix species. Do a long drift of one or more species. If you blend
allium species, you’ll have something to show in the flower garden before and after the May-June bloom time of most
Shorter alliums can be grown beneath or between border
plants, in pots, or in a rock garden. Small bulbs are less likely lost in pots after foliage disappears—when you weed,
for example. Pots of all sizes add accents and can be moved. Clump the more evergreen ones such as Allium senescens, chives,
and A. cernuum.
Plant small allium species
in a group of at least 10 bulbs in a clump in the border. Use at least 50-100 bulbs in a larger landscape to make a strong
Alliums come up nicely
through vinca, ivy and other groundcovers which provide the bulbs with a nice green backdrop and makes a strong visual impact.
Dividing and Moving
If you want to divide or move your alliums to another
part of the garden, wait to dig them after the foliage begins to turn yellow. Be careful to leave room around the bulb when
you insert your shovel, or you may cut it!
alliums with any light, organic material prevents weeds, controls soil temperature and retains moisture.
Try some allium companions from the following list of plants. These suggestions are culled from many
references for you to play with—depending on your taste!
Achillea 'Coronation Gold'
Artemisia 'Valerie Finis'
Geranium 'Johnson’s Blue'
rue 'Blue Beauty'
Mt. Atlas daisy
'City of Haarlem'