Fun, Unique Spring Color: Allium Bulbs

by Amanda

Unique Spring Color and Easy to Grow

Not to be confused with its relatives from the allium family (garlic, shallots and onions), Ornamental Allium are purely decorative and cannot be used in culinary dishes. They are, however, some of the most unique and easy-to-grow Fall-Planted Bulbs, adding height and texture to the spring garden year after year.

Their problem-solving qualities seem endless.

These easy-to-grow bulbs are perennials and varieties can be hardy through zones 2-10. They tolerate almost any soil and prefer full sun. The bulbs will multiply as the years go by so you don't have to worry about planting them each year.

Alliums are drought-tolerant and deer-resistant (critters aren't a big fan of onions), making them the perfect choice for almost any garden! One important fact about growing Allium is that you need a cold, dormant period for them to bloom in the spring. If you don't experience this in your area, you can put them in the fridge to 'force' the bulbs for spring blooms.

  1. Purple Allium Bulbs Drumstick, Allium sphaerocephalon, Persian Onion

    In early summer Drumstick Allium ignite the garden with unique, reddish blooms that are oval shaped. One customer says it best: "Their shape adds a different dimension to any garden....

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    Drumstick Allium Flowering Onion Drumstick Allium sphaerocephalon
    $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Bag of 25
    In early summer Drumstick Allium ignite the garden with unique, reddish blooms that are oval shaped. One customer says it best: "Their shape adds a different dimension to any garden." (Allium sphaerocephalon)
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  2. Purple Allium Bulbs Globemaster, Persian Onion

    A big Allium favorite from coast to coast. Each globe of flowers is up to 8 inches across! The purple flowers appear in early summer....

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    Globemaster Allium Persian Onion Allium
    As low as $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 1
    A big Allium favorite from coast to coast. Each globe of flowers is up to 8 inches across! The purple flowers appear in early summer.
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  3. Shades of Allium Bulb Collection

    Add unique, long-lasting blooms to your garden with the Shades of Allium Collection. With intriguing rounded flowerheads made up of hundreds of tiny, star-shaped florets, Allium come...

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    Shades of Allium Bulb Collection Flowering Onion Allium
    $44.98 Sale $21.99
    Per Collection of 45
    Add unique, long-lasting blooms to your garden with the Shades of Allium Collection. With intriguing rounded flowerheads made up of hundreds of tiny, star-shaped florets, Allium come into bloom in late spring and last deep into summer. This colorful mix includes 25 burgundy-magenta 'Drumstick', 10 snow white 'Graceful' and 10 bright violet 'Purple Sensation' allium bulbs. Deer resistant. (Allium)
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  4. Allium atropurpureum, Flowering Onion

    Allium atropurpureum is an heirloom variety with deep purple-red flowers. Blooming late spring to early summer on sturdy 2-to-3-foot stems, each half-globe blossom holds dozens of st...

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    Allium atropurpureum Flowering Onion Allium atropurpureum
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Allium atropurpureum is an heirloom variety with deep purple-red flowers. Blooming late spring to early summer on sturdy 2-to-3-foot stems, each half-globe blossom holds dozens of star-shaped florets buzzing with bees and butterflies. Seed heads remain in the garden, adding interest long after flowers fade. An excellent cut flower, both fresh and dried. Bulbs will multiply and spread over time.
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Brighten up your spring garden by planting Allium Purple Sensation

Gorgeous blooms come in a rainbow of unique colors.

My friends like to call Allium "Dr. Seuss flowers" and I think it's a great way to describe their fun, unique blooms.

Globemaster, Gladiator, and Pink Jewel are some of the most common, delighting the late spring garden with large, globe-like, purple blooms.

If you're looking for a more unique bloom, try Allium schubertiiRed Mohican, or the Sangria Allium Flower Bulb Collection. Try pairing classic purple varieties, with white ones such as Graceful and towering Mount Everest for a fun, contrasting look.

Blue, pink, and yellow varieties are available as well.

Not sure which bulbs to plant? Try one of our collections, such as the Purple Galaxy Allium Flower Bulb Collection!

What are you experiences planting Allium? Please post in the comments below or share your photos with over 270,000 other gardeners on our Facebook Page.

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