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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.

Allium Rainbow Mix easily brings unique textue to any garden.

allium purple sensation
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!

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