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 Summer Drummer, Allium, Persian Onion

    The Summer Drummer Allium is dramatic and showy. The large 8” flower ball is made up of tiny florets in purple and white. Besides its large blooms it’s highly fragrant and stand...

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    Summer Drummer Allium Flowering Onion Summer Drummer Allium Summer Drummer
    $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Bag of 2
    The Summer Drummer Allium is dramatic and showy. The large 8” flower ball is made up of tiny florets in purple and white. Besides its large blooms it’s highly fragrant and stands 4-5’ Tall on green stems that mature to maroon. Alliums are long lasting and bloom in late spring to early summer. Best if used for backs of borders or as a focal point. (Allium)
  2. Purple and White Allium Bulbs Purple Blend Mix, Allium, Persian Onion

    Create a unique statement in your garden with the Allium Purple Blend Mix. Large, 4-6" intense purple blooms of Purple Sensation stand tall at up to 32" tall are accented by Graceful...

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    Purple Blend Allium Mix Flowering Onion Purple Blend Mix Allium Purple Blend Mix
    $29.99 Sale $23.99
    Per Bag of 30
    Create a unique statement in your garden with the Allium Purple Blend Mix. Large, 4-6" intense purple blooms of Purple Sensation stand tall at up to 32" tall are accented by Graceful Alliums smaller 2-3" flowers that grow up to 16" tall. These alliums together are a must-have for any early summer garden. Mix includes 5 Allium Graceful and 25 Purple Sensation.
  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
    $29.32 Sale $23.46
    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)
  4. Yellow and Purple and White Allium Bulbs Rainbow Mix, Allium, Persian Onion or Mountain Bells

    The Rainbow Allium Mix features small, brightly-colored allium, all under a foot tall. Blooming in a cheerful spring time palette of vivid pinks, whites and yellows, this color-coord...

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    Rainbow Allium Mix Flowering Onion Rainbow Mix, Mountain Bells Allium Small Flowering Rainbow Mix
    $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Bag of 30
    The Rainbow Allium Mix features small, brightly-colored allium, all under a foot tall. Blooming in a cheerful spring time palette of vivid pinks, whites and yellows, this color-coordinated blend makes a showy late-spring display.
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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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