I love Alliums for their structure. When some are dry, I save them to use as decorations at Christmas, sometimes I even spay them gold to add to garlands.
Alliums need more water than I had imagined so this year with winter and spring being so wet this year my alliums are thriving.
Most Alliums tend to lose their foliage before their flowers appear which can mean they look a little strange with just the flowering stem coming out of the earth. For this reason I like to associate them with other plants, I especially like them growing through low growing ground cover.
Allium Christophii the first metalic flowers opening
The above still has its foliage but as the flower opens the foliage always dies back.
Allium Christophii with Cotinus, I like the way the flower appears to be part of the cotinus
Allium Christophii with Iris ‘Before the Storm’ and Cotinus
Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum in the foreground
Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink
Allium Christophii with visiting insect
Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita
Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island
What do you plant with your Allium Christophii?
Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace
Just emerging Allium Karataviense
Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage
Allium nectaroscordum, I didn’t notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!
Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter’d Isle
Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden
I like the way Allium Roseum opens from its papery wrapping
Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites