Day 255: Allium 'Summer Beauty'

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


When it comes to alliums – those jolly mauve lollipops on sticks – the larger varieties often steal most of the glory. Quite rightly, many of us know ‘Purple Sensation’, while diehard ornamental onion fans will go big or go home with christophii or giganteum. But you could make a case for ‘Summer Beauty’ being more useful than all of the above. More of a swizzle stick than a lollipop at around 30cm in height, its pale pink flowers are held in compact spheres not much larger than a snooker ball. En masse it’s a fabulous filler for the front of a border and, unlike its taller relatives, when it begins to dry out it’s not so large as to make it prone to snapping and toppling over, gracefully assuming attractive biscuity shades as autumn approaches.

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