Gardening with Alliums


Watch as Better Homes and Gardens shows you tips for gardening with alliums! These flowering beauties are one of the most underutilized and unknown bulb flowers. Like most bulbs, alliums are planted in the fall. However, unlike tulips or daisies, these garden flowers won’t bloom until early summer, as opposed to in the spring. Alliums can range in size from petite varieties to larger, showy varieties like Allium giganteum and Globemaster. Within your garden, plant alliums in areas with part to full sunshine and good drainage. Let the foilage die down on its own before trimming off any dead areas. These purple flowers will naturalize easily and come back the next year bigger and even more beautiful. Try not to deadhead alliums, as the flower head will stand erect long after the color is gone, adding another layer of dimension to gardens. These bulb flowers are also great in a vase, lasting up to two weeks, forming seed pods before they begin to fade. Add a little excitement to your garden by spraypainting allium seedheads and using them as garden ornaments, placing them strategically around other flowers. The allium plant is just one of many garden ideas that can give your garden a unique edge in your neighborhood!

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