Even though the Allium season is just starting, I thought I'd take a moment to talk about just how much I LOVE them.
Let's start with the obvious thing...they are purple...which you know I love. To make things even better, even the ones that aren't straight-up purple are in some varying shade of pink/lavender/violet...so you can pretty much plant any of them you want and know they'll all look amazing together.
Here on Rhone Street, the Alliums start their awesome floral extravaganza just as the Tulips are finishing, coinciding with the middle of the Iris season as well. The color is, well, amazing. Seeing these jewel-like flowers appearing around the garden, it's hard to believe they are related to the humble onion.
|Allium 'Purple Sensation'
I think Alliums are one of the best bulbs to mix around other plants...they have such a striking, graphic form in the garden...and I love those little "dots" of brightly-saturated color that seem to float in the air.
Common Chives are also Alliums...and to see a large clump blooming is a sight...they are beautiful (and yummy).
Of course, the thing that, for me, really makes Alliums the "Wonderbulbs" is the fact that their seedheads persist until winter...and look amazing...I'm tempted to say they occasionally even look better than the flowers that preceded them (depending on the mood I'm in).
|Seedheads of Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Another Allium gone to seed at the Bellevue Botanical Garden...perhaps 'Gladiator' or 'Globemaster'? Again, I love how those vibrant, saturated flowers have given way to a subtler, earthier palette of pink and straw.
I leave you with an image of an Allium spectacle I can only hope to someday even come close to reaching...the display gardens at Joy Creek Nursery, last year...DROOL!