Viewing tabasco's Garden Diary: Allium Collection
Our Allium collection has expanded to include Globemaster, Gladiator, Lucy Ball, Mount Everest, Giganteum, Ivory Queen, Multibulbosum, and several others. These globish garden surprises add lots of interest and delight to our spring bloom show.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Allium Varieties and Garden Culture (Maryland Extension)//extension.umd.edu/publications/PDFs/FS767.pdf
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Allium combinationsAllium, Iris and nigella
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Spring 2006 Allium GardenThis past fall I was seduced by the beautiful photos and descriptions of Allium in the White Flower Farm catalog and John Scheepers' Bulb Catalog. So I found myself ordering many more than I needed, and then I sent the concept over the top with a last minute order to Mystic's Allium Co-op with Bleek and left overs from Lowes sale. (About 200 new allium bulbs added to the 50 from last season.)
I was rather giddy with anticipation for the spring garden, although I was having second thoughts that the purplsh-blue bulbous May garden would be garish and rude--but, hey, what the heck?! In any case, most of the bulbs bloomed on schedule, and the allium array was attractive and eye catching--the neighbor kids loved them, too.
The problem was, of course, that I (again) neglected to label the allium, thinking I would recognize which was what, but, alas, 'no', that is not the case, so many look identical but have slightly different bloom times, shades of blue or heights, so I have gardens full of unnamed allium. Some of which I wish I could order more of, others I wish would 'go away'. But which are which?
In addition to the familiar large globe alliums, we have various small cultivars and multibulbosums interplanted in the perennial garden too. They are lovely, but in our arrangement they tend to be lost in the summer flowering shuffle. (I wish I had a terrace or rock garden to show-case them.) Allium 'hair' does give an interesting bit of a show near the front steps.
My intention was to have a couple of cultivars of both white and purple giant Allium bloom along with the white, yellow, and purple irises in the front driveway garden, however, that aim met with limited success.
I also expected the yellow Eremurus 'cleopatra' or 'spring valley' hybrids to co-bloom and they did not. The white camassia bulbs bloomed a bit later than the allium, but were attractive, none the less. Perhaps next year they timing will co-incide. I must find a peony and some kind of white ground cover with early bloom to interplant in the Japanese Maple garden, too.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Alliums Various Cultivars and Species DescriptionsAllium Varieties (from the Parrott article)
Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ – Dark Purple, excellent for naturalizing, blooms early, 3-4” globe, 2-3’ tall and dries well. Allium ‘Purple Surprise’ – “I was surprised by how much it cost and how close it was to ‘Purple Sensation’, not worth the money,” according to Bob Koenders.
Allium aflatunense – Same as Purple sensation but a more lavender color.
Allium christophii – (Star of Persia) Light purple metallic, late bloomer, largest flower 8-12 inch diameter, airy florets, dries well, small to medium height 15-24” tall and reseeds (5-6 years to bloom).
Allium elatum – Bob’s favorite Allium, 3-5’ globes, 2 ½ to 3 ½’ tall, glossy foliage naturalizes well, early bloomer, rare, strong upright stems that don’t tangle (important for cutting).
Allium ‘Firmament’ – New to the market, dark purple color, very similar to ‘Purple Sensation’.
Allium giganteum (Giant Allium) – Purple color, blooms late, tallest at 3-5’, globe 4-8” diameter, sometimes difficult, needs excellent drainage.
Allium ‘Gladiator’ – Newer hybrid, lilac-purple, mid-season bloomer, 3-4’ tall, bloom 4-8” diameter and often sold by mistake as Allium giganteum.
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Planted on Woodward median in Birmingham, purple, mid – late bloomer and blooms for over 2 ½ weeks, multiplies slowly, 2-3’ tall with a tight globe of 6-10” and over 1,000 florets.
Allium jesdianum – rosy-purple, earliest bloomer, rare in this country, 2-3’ tall, airy bloom 3-4” with white stamens and similar to ‘Purple Sensation’.
Allium ‘Mars’ – Dark purple, 4-6” globes, 3-4’ tall, mid-late bloomer and similar to Allium giganteun.
Allium ‘Mt. Everest’ – Bob Koenders’ favorite white, 4-6” globe, 2 ½ - 3 ½ ' tall, reliable bloomer in mid-late season, naturalizes well, multiplies readily and dries well.
Allium sphaerocephalon – (Drumstick Allium) – Can be invasive, burgundy, strong thin stem, small globe and not recommended by Koenders (at least for cutting gardens).
Allium atropurpureum – Best Fragrance, some say like a sweet wine, Zakk’s favorite, dark (almost black) purple, globe 2 ½ - 3 1/2'” 2 ½’ tall, late bloomer, strong thin stems.
Allium siculum (reclassified as Nectaroscordium siculum) (Koenders unofficially calls them Hanging Bells) – Not a globe shape, looks like an umbrella, bell shaped florets hang down in colors of mauve, purple, green and white in one floret, strongest onion smell (good to deter critters), 2 ½ - 3’ tall, 3-4” pretty flower.
For further reading, Bob Koenders, recommends, Alliums – The Ornamental Onions, by Dilys Davies, Timber Press, 1993
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Allium Cultivars and Growing Information//www.sandieparrott.com/articles/2005Allium.htm
Michigan Allium Grower
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Alliums from BleekGlobemaster [email protected] 3.00 $36.00
Purple Sensation 20 @ .50 $10.00
Mt. Everest 10 @ 3.50 $35.00
Gladiator 10 @3.00 $30.00