Not all my bulbs have arrived, but I spent all night dreaming about where to plant these from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. I have never grown ornamental alliums before, but there were so many beautiful varieties in gardens this year that I decided the time had come.
Brent and Becky offer 26 varieties of allium. I ordered A. aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ which has a slightly airy globe of tiny violet purple flowers on a 20 to 30 inch stem. There are many other alliums with this type of globe shaped flowers, some bigger, some more dense with names like giganteum and Globemaster which give a sense of their mammoth size. There are also white, yellow and pink alliums. I have decided where to put these. Two groupings of 5 big bulbs in the Lawn Beds.
I also ordered A. carinatum pulchellum which has smaller pendulous reddish violet flowers that are said to naturalize in meadow or rock gardens. I am still thinking about where to put these ten little bulbs. Maybe between the Applejack rose and Pocahantas lilac at the top of our drive?
I also ordered 10 big bulbs of Nectaroscordum siculum ssp. bulgaricum (there’s a mouthful) which is not a member of the allium family, but Liliaceae. However, its pendulous bell shaped florets “form one baseball sized flower” at the top of a two to three foot stem, so they are similar to the alliums, and the bulbs have a garlic-y smell. The catalog photograph looks like a pink fountain. Now where to put these?
More bulbs are coming from Old House Gardens, including some drumstick alliums. I like having these different allium forms. Do you have alliums in your garden?