Alliums: Have Some Fun in the Garden!

blossomed allium

Does your garden take itself too seriously?!

Whenever people see these whimsical blooms in our yard, there are curious comments aplenty. Alliums, also known as ornamental onions, are a fun focal point for the garden, and easy-peasy to grow.  My sister, Cheryl, a very talented landscape designer, turned me on to these springtime beauties a number of years ago, and I absolutely LOVE them!!  (And deer and rabbits don’t love them – yay!)

Cheryl recommended the allium ‘Purple Sensation’, which produces violet balls 4 to 5 inches in diameter on thick stems 20 to 30 inches tall.  Just plant these carefree bulbs in a sunny location in the fall and enjoy their playful garden presence next spring.

I love to watch alliums emerge.

an allium in early spring, just a few inches tall…

allium in early growth

now much taller, the violet takes a peek…
pops out…

allium almost ready to bloom

and finally bursts!

purple allium flower

alliums make me happy

a bunch of alliums in bloom

alliums make me smile

three alliums

I want to plant more alliums!!

Do you have a favorite plant that makes you especially happy?

Or a fun garden feature that makes you smile?

I would love to hear about it!

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