Allium Spring Planting

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Allium Sphaerocephalon (Drumsticks) have small round to egg-shaped flowers on tall wiry stems, planted densely they make an eye catching impact in the border or meadow. The Allium flowers start off green and slowly turn reddish purple as the flower ages.  

For a wider selection of Allium Bulbs have a look at our autumn planting selection where you will find many of the popular and rarer varieties.  Allium bulbs make a spectacular display in late spring early summer garden.

Allium bulbs perfectly fill the gap between spring flowering bulbs and summer flowering bulbs. Most Allium will flower from June to July but there are some summer flowering alliums that are worth the wait. These are some of the latest flowering alliums that flower right into the summer months.

Often described as fireworks frozen mid-explosion, these clump-forming, late-flowering hardy perennials loved by pollinating insects will bring colour and texture to the sunny border or container from June to August. They are perfect for planting with other hardy perennial plants, lilies and summer flowering bulbs, and make excellent cut flowers.

How to plant Allium bulbs

The usual time to plant allium bulbs is in autumn. They are a hardy bulb and can cope with cold winter weather. Due to the late flowering nature af the bulbs they can still be planted in spring.

Plant them exactly the same as you would in autumn.

  • Plant in fertile, well-drained soil 
  • Position in full sun 
  • keep hydrated during growth. 

To keep your alliums flowering year on year, lift and divide overcrowded clumps after two to three years before removing any tiny new bulbs and planting them in pots or in the garden until the bulbs are mature. It will take them a few years to develop into flowering size bulbs but the wait will be worth it.



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