I planted 1000 allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ in the front two formal beds in autumn 2008.
All have now disappeared sadly; rather than replant I have decided to scatter seed from a wild allium that grows on the road verges and in the area outside the gate. I have been sprinkling the seed already for the last couple of years but it obviously needs a year or two for the seed to produce a plant large enough to give flowers. This year there is a small group of flowers which poke satisfyingly above the growing Perovskia. I like the effect, maybe even more than the cultivated variety. So I am now noting carefully where I see them growing wild so I can hopefully pick them when the seeds are ripe and spread them throughout the 4 formal beds, I realise it will take some time before the beds are overflowing with the lovely blobs of purple, but I can sometimes be patient!
The above image was taken late in the evening, silver of the Perovskia becomes almost blue.
the wind alliums have an even stronger colour than ‘Purple Sensation so I think they will look even better.