Alliums

Alliums

Alliums have become the real 'stars' of the border over the last few years, giving huge impact whilst taking up minimal space. They are easily grown, given a fair amount of sun & well-drained soil.

We carry a comprehensive range - in excess of 40 different varieties - including some of the smaller species as well as the 'giant' varieties. Many of the new giant hybrids are sterile, resulting in a much longer flowering period than for most of the species alliums (it also means they can only be propagated vegetatively, which increases the initial cost of the bulbs). A large number of large-flowered alliums, both species and hybrids, have been included in our trials for the last five years, allowing us to make side-by-side comparisons. To assist gardeners who are new to growing alliums, we have noted outstanding selections (which must have performed well over several seasons) with a five star (
✩✩✩✩✩) rating, but all our offerings have much to commend them as valuable, garden-worthy plants.

During the next few weeks we will have the nursery open on Friday's to see many of our alliums in flower, so if you are close (we are about 10 minutes from where the M11 and the M25 meet, half-way between Epping and Harlow), please come and visit.

We hope you find something you like.

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Allium Ambassador
Allium Ambassador
A stunning Dutch hybrid with 8" diameter, dark purple flower heads. As a sterile hybrid, 'Ambassador' offers a long flowering period and is later than most of the other 'giant' varieties, due to having the late flowering a. giganteum in its parentage.  Ht. 40" (100cm).  ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating Bulb size 24+ cm   Pack of 3 for £ 12.00 Pack of 10...
from £12.00
Allium amplectens 'Graceful Beauty'
Allium amplectens 'Graceful Beauty'
Small globes of sparkling white flowers, with lavender stamens.  Introduced in 2011 and immediately proved popular. Ht. 12" (30cm).Bulb size 6+cmPack of 10 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £16.50
from £4.00
Allium atropurpureum
Allium atropurpureum
The darkest flowered allium available to date, with black-purple, half-spheres which hold their colour well over a long period. Pair it with the white, similarly shaped a.nigrum for a striking contrast. Ht. 2' (60cm).Bulb size 10+ cm 10 bulbs for £4.50 25 bulbs for £11.00 50 bulbs for £20.00
from £4.50
Allium 'Beau Regard' AGM
Allium 'Beau Regard' AGM
It goes well with the darker flowered, and better known, 'Globemaster', which is alike in every way except flower colour, being a result of the same cristophii x macleanii breeding. ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating  (also recommended by "Gardening Which') Bulb size 20+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £14.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £44.00
from £14.00
 
Allium caeruleum
Allium caeruleum
Small species of 'globe' flowered allium. The blooms are true blue, held aloft on wiry stems. Ht. to 18" (45cm).Bulb size 5+ cmPack of 20 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 100 bulbs for £12.50
from £3.00
Allium caesium AGM
Allium caesium AGM
We first trialled this species in 2011 and found the soft blue flowers to be particularly long lasting. Over the years, it has also proved to be very easy and reliable. Ht.8" (20cm).Bulb size 5+cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £5.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £16.50
from £5.50
Allium 'Cameleon'
Allium 'Cameleon'
Blooms in June, with clusters of dusky rose pink flowers that fade to white with pink veins as they age. Height 9-12" (25-30cm). Bulb size 4+cm Pack of 20 bulbs £4.00 Pack of 50  bulbs £9.00
from £4.00
Allium cernuum
Allium cernuum
Graceful, small species, each flowering stem producing up to 30 droplets of rose-pink bells. Excellent for underplanting in rockeries, troughs or scree gardens. Ht. 12" (30cm). Bulb size 1 (only one size available) Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 50 bulbs for £20.00
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Allium cristophii AGM
Allium cristophii AGM
Stunning spherical heads of metallic mauve flowers, which remain attractive into winter, long after their summer colour has faded. Ht. 12-16" (30-40cm) ✩✩✩✩✩ RatingBulb size 14+ cmPack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £11.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £20.00
from £4.50
Allium vineale 'Dready'
Allium vineale 'Dready'
Recent introduction, with totally bizarre, heavily tendrilled flowerheads. A flower arranger's dream! Bulb size 5+cm Ht. to 100 cm+ Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £10.50
from £3.00
Allium 'Early Emperor'
Allium 'Early Emperor'
This recent introduction, a selected form of allium rosenbachianum,  has inherited that species' early flowering season but is a little more 'showy' in appearance. Very pretty and in flower before the other taller alliums, so useful for extending the season. Ht.40" (100cm).Bulb size 14+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £6.00Pack of 10 bulbs or £18.00
from £6.00
Allium 'Eros'
Allium 'Eros'
 This new introduction is like a deeper, more vividly coloured form of a.unifolium, with umbels of lilac flowers in early summer. A terrific little allium for growing through shorter, spreading perennials at front of border. Suitable for sun/part shade.Height 12-18" (30-45cm). NEW IN 2014 Bulb size 5+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £10.50
from £3.00
 
Allium 'Firmament'
Allium 'Firmament'
A stunning cross between a.atropurpureum & a.cristophii. The dark amethyst flowerheads have a lovely metallic sheen and measure around 4.5" (12cm) with a height of 32" (80 cm). Flowering over a long period in May-June. Long admired by the bulb cognoscenti, this is an allium which deserves to be more widely grown. ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating Bulb size 8+ cmPack of 3 bulbs...
from £5.00
Allium flavum
Allium flavum
Charming and distinctive species, bearing umbels of pendent yellow bells in summer. Good subject for the gravel garden or for troughs. Ht. 12" (30cm). Bulb size 1 (only one size available) Pack of 5 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 25 bulbs for £13.50
from £3.00
Allium 'Forelock'
Allium 'Forelock'
Recent introduction, sporting unusual, conical blooms of burgundy, tipped white, with a striking 'topknot'. Ht.24-30" (60-75cm).Pack of 3 bulbs for £9.00
£9.00
Allium giganteum AGM
Allium giganteum AGM
Large, tightly filled flowerheads of violet on stems up to 5' (150cm). Late flowering season, from mid-June, and needing full sun and excellent drainage to persist well.Bulb size 20+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £9.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £26.50
from £9.00
 
Allium 'Gladiator' AGM
Allium 'Gladiator' AGM
Large flowerheads of lilac-purple with a height up to 5' (150cm). A very affordable and reliable 'giant' which is usually in flower in the run-up to Chelsea.Bulb size 20+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £6.00Pack of 10 bulbs for £18.00
from £6.00
Allium Globemaster AGM
Allium Globemaster AGM
Spectacular introduction, bearing giant aster-violet flowers on strong stems in summer. As a bonus, the flowers are strongly scented of honey & adored by bees. We have been growing this variety for some years now and find it to be vigorous and reliable, reflowering and building up well year-on-year. Ht. 4’ (120cm). ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating Bulb size 20+ cmPack of...
from £13.00
Allium vineale ‘Hair’
Allium vineale ‘Hair’
Something of a novelty, the Dutch grower named this for the green, tendril-like extrusions on the flowerhead. Popular with flower arrangers & gardeners who like something a little different. Ht. 24" (60cm) Bulb size 5+ cmPack of 20 for £4.00 Pack of 50 for £9.00
from £4.00
Allium 'His Excellency'
Allium 'His Excellency'
Giant flowerheads of blue-lilac and a height of 3' (90cm) +. An affordable 'giant'.Bulb size 20+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £6.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £19.50
from £6.50
 
Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen'
Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen'
Pure white flowered form of this low-growing species, suited to front of borders or containers. The foliage is a feature of this variety, being broader than most allium leaves and subtly ribbed. Unlike most of the globe-flowered alliums, this variety retains its leaves during flowering and the flowers themselves fade through an attractively fresh shade of green Ht. 8" (20cm).Bulb size 14+ cm Pack...
from £3.00
Allium 'Jackpot'
Allium 'Jackpot'
Recent introduction, with large, lilac-purple globe-flowers. Very attractive. Summer flowering at 28-36” (70-90cm). Bulb size 14+cm Pack of 3 for £6.50 Pack of 10 for £20.00
from £6.50
Allium 'Lucy Ball'
Allium 'Lucy Ball'
Large flowerhead of dark lilac-purple. Ht. around 40" (100cm). A very affordable 'giant'.Bulb size 18+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £8.00Pack of 10 bulbs for £25.00
from £8.00
Allium 'Miami'
Allium 'Miami'
Recent introduction with large, fairly open flowerheads of red-purple flowers. Ht.30" (80cm). Bulb size 12+ cmPack of 10 bulbs for £4.00Pack of 25 bulbs for £8.00
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