Monday, August 10, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #17

The allium is the ultimate foolproof bulb. The blossoms make excellent cut flowers, garden pests avoid them, they bloom year after year and multiple and naturalize on their own, with no help from you.

The allium family has 1,250 species, and includes garlic, onions and chives. The bulbs run the gammet from very small to very large, and the flowers are interesting at all points during their bloom, from the time the shoot sends up a bud to when they're fully open.

These work best clustered together. After several years you can lift the bulbs and transplant the pups. Although they prefer full sun, they'll tolerate some shade along the California coast.


Tracy said...

Love alliums! I want to add some of these, in various forms, to my flower beds next year. Hope you had a great weekend... I'm slow getting back to visit and catch up on your latest posts...We were stuck painting a fence most of the weekend and getting sunburn--ouch! Happy Day :o) ((HUG))

steven said...

hello! i love the photograph and i'm in the process of researching the future occupants of a long long bed i'm putting in for next summer. thanks for the "heads up" on these beauties. have a peaceful day. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

The thing I like most about alliums is their absolutely wonderful seed heads - I have them all over the house and cannot bear to throw them out.