Day 147: alliums

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


What would our gardens be without alliums, and the silly, unpretentious sense of joy they bring whenever they appear – as though a posse of large indeterminate creatures has decided to hide out in your flowerbeds, having forgotten to remove their enormous deeley boppers. The gateway drug to a purple pompom habit is the ubiquitous Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’, though there are variations on the theme of a mauve bog-brush ranging from the sophisticated A. christophii, the giant A. giganteaum, to the frankly bonkers A. schubertii. One thing to bear in mind, though, is that many varieties look best with their lower portions are hidden by other plants, as the leaves begin to die back and fade before the flowers. But managing to be both delicious and gorgeous all over, I’d have to argue for chives (A. schoenoprasum) being the champions on a very strong (and slightly whiffy) field.

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