Alliums and …..

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

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 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 Iris ‘Before the Storm’ and Cotinus

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum  in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

20130514_9999_26What do you plant with your Allium Christophii?

Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Just emerging Allium  Karataviense

Just emerging Allium Karataviense

Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage

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 nectaroscordum, I didn’t notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter'd Isle

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter’d Isle

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

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

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii

25 thoughts on “Alliums and …..

  1. Beautiful combinations Christina. I had a few Schubertii which have disappeared one by one… I think one is left, so I must look out for it!

  2. Your Allium Christophii with Iris ‘Before the Storm’ and Cotinus took my breath away. The textures and colors seem perfectly balanced.

    I don’t have much experience with Allium but planted a “set” of Allium Nigrum and Allium Atropurpureum this year, but they’re just starting to bud.

    Great post.

    Susie

  3. Lovely photos of some of my favorites. I find schubertii worth the trouble of replanting it every few years. The two I find reliable, returning year after year, are drumstick and nectaroscordum (these even naturalize). I’ve had the most success with Lysimachia ‘Aurea’ as a ground cover they will come up through pretty consistently.

  4. There are so many interesting and unusual alliums out there. I have only ‘Purple Sensation’ and ‘Globemaster’. I like them, but I need to get more adventurous. You’ve got some great possibilities there.

  5. I grow drumstick alliums because their foliage is so much thinner and is easy to disguise. But yours are so lovely I may have to rethink my plans. 🙂 I like the way they pop up between other plants and seem to go with every design.

  6. Che belli Christina! A me sembra che tu abbia la bacchetta magica….è sempre tutto così rigoglioso… Quella degli alliums è una mancanza del mio giardino a cui dovrò prima o poi porre rimedio.

    • Non tutti gli allium tornano regolarmente. Quelli che sempre tornano anni dopo anno sono i drumsticks. La cosa bella è che quelli costano quasi niente! A. Christophii tornano quando l’inverno è abbastanza piovoso, e rimangano sotto terra per anni. Christina

  7. Wonderful photos Christina, and I love the trio of christophii, cotinus and ‘Before the storm’. Alliums should do well here, I am going to have fun selecting some for my front garden come autumn, and will consider that iris too. Such a dramatic colour.

    • Alliums are so distinctive, they should grow well for you, I especially like drumstick alliums, they’re not flowering yet, but they return year after year and have the advantage of being very cheap. Christina

  8. I must get some more alliums into my garden next year. They don’t tend to last well on my soil unfortunately but I’m thinking of containers with other plants to hide the dying foliage.

    • Alliums need winter and spring rain (much like any onions really) so you might be surprised how well they will do for you. I like them as cut flowers too, so perhaps you can grow some on your allotment. Christina

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