Stylish, contemporary and easy to grow, there are so many reasons to love Alliums. They produce explosive blooms in a handful of colours – you’re not just limited to those iconic purple orbs! Think hot pinks, angelic whites and cool blues that will really jazz up your spring borders.
If you love plant spotting around your neighbourhood, you might be lucky enough to spy one of these five beautiful varieties – and it’ll no doubt give you some inspiration for your autumn bulb planting session later this year!
Allium Graceful Beauty
This variety produces incredible white, star-like flowers with one very unique feature – purple nectar! Instantly brighten your borders with this beautiful variety, which works well when paired with any other colour of Allium.
A strikingly buxom variety of Allium, sphaerocephalon erupts in early summer with colour changing blooms. As they move through the season, they’ll slowly change from fresh green to deep maroon!
Also known as ‘Mountain Lover’ or ‘Pink Lily Leek’, this Allium is best known for its bubblegum pink blooms. Spread these throughout the front of sunny borders, as they grow to around 15cm in height.
Adore the puff ball look? Try it in blue with Allium caeruleum. This variety produces azure-blue clusters, which come back bigger each year! Place these amongst purple Alliums and tall foliage at the back of the border for the full effect.
These half-spherical flowers bring an almost informal style to the traditionally structured Allium look. Erupting in a sea of purple each summer, Allium Miami brings colour and fullness to the border.
All five Alliums in one collection
Hayloft Plants have put together a 100-bulb collection featuring each of these five Alliums, which is available at QVC – everything you need to create a truly impactful Allium display!
Drought-resistant and easy to grow, this collection offers an abundance of colour perfect for scattering across your borders or adding to pots and containers outside – plus, they make great cut flowers to decorate inside your home too.
Delivered after 6th September, these spring-flowering bulbs need to be planted in the autumn in well-drained soil and will grow and bloom from April to July the following spring and summer. Perennials and pollinators, these bulbs will come back year after year to give your garden a perfectly pretty, eye-catching display that not only you but also the local bees and butterflies will love.
The package contains:
- 30 x Sphaerocephalon Allium bulbs – flowering in July to August with green flower heads that mature to maroon red. Mature height: 90cm (35″)
- 30 x Oreophilum Allium bulbs – flowering in June with vibrant pink blooms in open round clusters. Mature height: 15cm (6″)
- 20 x Caeruleum Allium bulbs – flowering from June to July with globes of blue star-shaped flowers. Mature height: 60cm (24″)
- 10 x Graceful Beauty Allium bulbs – flowering from April to May with white flowers boasting a pale pink flush on lavender-coloured stems. Mature height: 30cm (12″)
- 10 x Miami Allium bulbs – flowering from June to July with a dark purple flowerhead on a green stem. Mature height: 90cm (35″)
Shop this amazing collection at QVC here!
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