For a bit of whimsy, fantasy or out-of-this-world in your garden, add one (or more!) of the amazing varieties of allium that are available right now. A spring blooming bulb, it appears a bit later than most tulips or daffodils, usually from late May into June. A member of the onion family, they are a striking addition to your garden and have the added benefit of being bunny and insect resistant, and loved by bees and butterflies! With heights from 20" to 48", varieties like Ambassador, Globemaster, Gladiator, Giganteum, His Excellency and Purple Sensation (pictures below) make a bold statement in any garden setting
But, there is more to the allium family that the purple globes we are familiar with. There are now new colors and shapes to add to your gardens! You can now find allium in white, pink and even red! Cultivars such as Mont Blanc, Pink Jewel and atropurpureum add more options. And it isn't just about color - it is about shape and size, too! Bring a little 'wild and crazy' to the garden with varieties like Allium christophii, 'Hair', or Allium shubertii (perhaps the largest flower of all!).
This is the time to shop for all of your spring bulbs and I encourage your to find spots in your garden for some of these hardy spring bulbs!