Telegraph Gardenshop: Alliums
Alliums, also known as ornamental onions, are the jewels in your garden crown.
By John Hiorns12:04PM BST 01 Jul 2011Comment
Add jewel tones to your early summer borders with these alliums (also known as ornamental onions).
Both featured in the Telegraphâ€™s Best in Show garden this year at Chelsea, where designer Cleve West used them scattered among herbaceous planting.
This is one of my favourites. A rich crimson with a dark purple eye, the flower heads have a gorgeous maroon-purple appearance. I find they need no staking as the stems are nice and strong, even on a fairly windy site. They have been around for a few hundred years, having originated in Bulgaria and Romania, but are in fairly scarce supply to the gardener.
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