One of my favorite bulbs is Allium. Squirrels, chipmunks and deer detest it, and that is a huge plus. It naturalizes where so many more Allium fill the gardens. Each year, I look forward to them blooming.
What you should note about this plant is that it brings great color and texture to span between early and summer perennials. This is a time when the garden lulls a bit. It blooms when the lilacs, peony, foxglove, roses and lupine bloom in OUR area. Your area may vary. Ground geranium, creeping phlox, tulips and forget-me-nots also are in bloom. Following Allium is the bearded iris most years, but on occasion they bloom together. When they go to seed, they look great with Asiatic lilies or the later blooming bearded iris varieties.
Some other plant partners include:
- Japanese or Siberian iris
- Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’
- California or Flanders Poppies
- Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’
- Rosa glauca
- Mt. Atlas Daisy
- Bleeding Heart
- Meadow Rue
- Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
- Dutch Iris
Different varieties and color of Allium keep the bloom extended from May through June. Listed are some of the varieties in my garden.
- Allium aflatunense
- Allium azureum
- Allium cowanii
- Allium Globemaster
- Allium stipitatum
- Allium christophii
Most Allium prefer full sun and well drained conditions, but preform well in my heavy clay.
My garden is above and the gardens of Chanticleer are below. Each year I visit Pennsylvania in May and miss my own show of Allium.
Above with Dutch Iris.
Peony makes a great partner.
Flander’s poppies bloom above along with lupine, white allium and climbing roses. Below, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium makes a nice partner, as does the tall foxglove planted nearby. They are shown creating drifts through cottage garden plantings.
Maybe these images will inspire you to plant some Ornamental Onion.