Although winter has just begun, now is a good time to start thinking, planning and even planting ahead for next Summer.
Alluims which some consider one of the most powerful and towering summer flowering group are blubs that you can planted now (any time between August and November) for successful blooms come June. Alluims are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colours are guaranteed to impress and make a significant addition to any garden space. Alliums are generally purple, but are also available in white, lavender, blue and pink. They can of course be planted in containers, planters or pots and also make good cut flowers for arrangements. However Alliums are best planted when many bulbs of the same species are planted close together in groups in beds and borders. Alliums bulbs should be planted 10cm deep and approx 30cm apart, simply dig the holes, plant the bulb with the pointed tip facing upwards, backfill hole and water. Alliums will bloom each year between May and June. After the blooms have faded do not cut/remove the leaves until they have become yellow. If the group becomes overcrowded, ideally during September or October, simply lift the bulbs and replant in preferred location immediately. Alliums are the ideal stunning focal points for the summer border, try these top performing Alliums:
- Allium Giganteum (Dense rounded Purple flowers, Ht 170cm) – all time favourite, strikingly tall and impressive
- Allium Nigrum (Rounded clusters of White flowers, Ht 70cm) – classic style, a good choice to attract beneficial flying insects
- Allium Purple Rain (Open Purple star shaped flowers , Ht 70-90cm) – the ‘must-have’ Allium of the summer season
- Allium Mount Everest (Dense White rounded flowers, Ht 90cm) – fashionable, stunning and elegant