Plant in the Fall for a “Wow” Spring and Summer
There's no instant gratification when you plant bulbs, but if you can exercise patience, you'll be totally rewarded in the spring when you get to enjoy these remarkable flowers. Alliums are a group of plants in the onion family (but do not smell like onions) and are specifically grown for their ornamental characteristics.
The blooms of these plants are mostly globes on thin, straight stems, often of incredible size. Some blossoms are humongous and can measure as large as 8” in diameter. Some are only 6 inches tall producing dainty white flowers, while others can stretch to 3 to 4 feet tall with their huge, dense flower heads. Most of the bulbs bloom late spring and summer and most are in shades of purple.
They are relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks and rabbits and will bloom year after year.
Not only are they long lasting and attractive, they look great dried on the stems or cut for indoor display. The seed pods make great Christmas decorations. They attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Plant them in the fall. The average planting depth should be about three times the diameter of the bulb and about 6" - 8” apart. Get them planted before the ground has frozen so that the bulbs have time to take root. Pick a location where the soil drains well and where they will receive full sun. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Alliums can be clustered together or the larger alliums can be planted individually.
Don't cut back all the leaves when you pick the flowers and don't be quick to remove all the browning foliage on your bulbs until every leaf is dead. The leaves assist in photosynthesis that helps create food for the bulb to aid in next year's flower.
Now's the time to get Alliums planted and treat you and your home to some spring color next year.
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