|Also known as ornamental onions, alliums are
spectacular additions to a flower bed. They come in
shades of purple, pink, white and yellow. Their
blooms range from huge 12 inch balls to tiny 1 inch
clusters. Alliums bloom from spring into summer.
They are wonderful cut flowers, and the dried blooms
make beautiful additions to dried arrangements. Deer
and other wildlife pests have a strong distaste for
them. Alliums do best when planted in well drained
soil and in full sun, although some varieties will
take some shade.
The following should be considered
when buying allium bulbs:
Plant alliums in the fall before the ground
freezes. Most need to be planted 3 inches
deep, but some of the larger varieties should
be planted 8 inches deep, so be sure to follow
planting instructions. Leaves should not
be cut back until 6 weeks after blooming,
so plant alliums in the perennial border
where other plants will hide the leaves as
- Select the color and height for the site to be
- Each bulb produces one flower. You will need 4 to 6
bulbs per square foot for an attractive display.
- Make sure all bulbs are firm and dry. Discard any
that feel mushy.
- Note the time of bloom, which ranges from spring to
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