A lovely and early summer species for the rock garden. Neat upright leaves and a tight umbel of up to 40 pinkish-rose flowers on 25-30cm stems. From Western USA and Canada and used as a food source by the native American people. Naturally small bulbs
This glorious plant produces huge globes of star-shaped, silver-purple stars which last and last and then make perfect dried flowers.Strap-like grey-green leaves. One of the best hardy and showy species for the garden.
Large globes of long-lasting lilac-purple florets on tall stems. One of the finest of the large ball-headed alliums and one of the best new garden introductions. Originates from the hot dry lands of Afghanistan and Tadjikistan.
Striking urn-shaped flowers of rich reddish-purple held in a loose umbel on 25cm stem. It is native to the USA, where it grows in the Californian Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada foothills. A prolific bloomer and a great new introduction to the late spring garden.
Tall accent plant for the border. An umbel of beautiful bell-shaped, nodding greenish-white flowers with maroon central stripe along each segment. Recently moved from the genus Nectaroscordum into Allium. Up to 30 pendant flowers on stems over 1m.
A beautiful dwarf form of this easy, but showy, American onion. It has gorgeous bright, lilac-pink flowers in large umbels on 20 cm stems over a very long period in spring. Spreads slowly, well behaved.
Incomparable woodlander bearing open-faced mid-winter blooms in various shades of blue, occasionally white or bicoloured, over a filigree of dark green leaves. Grown from seed collected in the Peloponnese and on Samos.
This rare beauty hails from Ireland and has a many admirers. Opens from a tight bud into a fluffy white ball of petals that gradually draw back to reveal a steel blue “eye”. Image supplied by Paul Tyerman.
“Oh dear me, in what fit words can one describe its Quakerish loveliness”, says E.A. Bowles in his eulogy to his eponymously-named variety. Very good, strong growing, large flowering variety bearing broad petalled blooms of mid-blue. A little piece of garden history.