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 - almost 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 ongoing garden trials here at the farm, 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.

Size does count with alium bulbs - if you want the largest flowers and the most impressive display, it is worth investing in top-sized bulbs. If a seller doesn't specify bulb size, the chances are that you are not going to get the best. 

 

 

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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 and taller 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 £ 12.50 Pack...
from £12.50
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+cm * Still at 2018 Prices *Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £10.00
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 * New Lower Price* 10 bulbs for £6.00 25 bulbs for £12.50
from £6.00
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+ cm Pack of 15 bulbs for £3.50 Pack of 50 bulbs for £10.00
from £3.50
 
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 * New Lower Price * Pack of 3 bulbs for £3.50
£3.50
Allium 'Cameleon'
Allium 'Cameleon'
Blooms in mid-May, with clusters of dusky rose pink flowers that fade to white with pink veins as they age. Lovely planted in a group at the edge of a border. Height 9-12" (25-30cm). Bulb size 4+cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 25 bulbs for £6.50
from £3.00
Allium carolinianum 'Rosy Dream'
Allium carolinianum 'Rosy Dream'
New in 2020  This charming allium produces its fluffy lilac-pink pom-pom flowers atop strong stems in early summer. A neat, compact habit makes it ideal for borders or containers, where it will be most effective planted in groups of 5 bulbs. Hardy bulb for well-drained soil in sun, flowering at around 16" (40cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 5 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £6.00 Pack...
from £4.00
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+ cm Pack of 5 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £5.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £13.50
from £3.00
 
Allium 'Dutchman'
Allium 'Dutchman'
New in 2020 Splendid new variety, producing enormous flowerheads of violet-purple in early summer. It has been a revelation in our border this year, providing the longest lasting display of any of our many allium varieties and proving a real bee magnet. What also marks it apart from similar alliums is that it retains its foliage in good condition during the flowering period which, in some planting...
from £12.00
Allium 'Eros'
Allium 'Eros'
 This recent 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). Bulb size 5+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £8.00
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+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs...
£5.00
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+ cm * Same Prices as 2020 * Pack of 3 bulbs for £12.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £35.00
from £12.00
 
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 many years now and find it to be vigorous and reliable, reflowering and building up well year-on-year. A sterile hybrid, so the flowers are long-lasting, with no energy spent on seed setting.Ht. 4’...
from £18.00
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+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.00 Pack of 30 for £7.50
from £3.00
Allium 'Jackpot'
Allium 'Jackpot'
Recent introduction, with large, lilac-purple globe-flowers. Rated a 5 star Best Buy in a recent 'Gardening Which' trial. We have grown it in our Barn Garden since it was first introduced a few years ago, finding it both beautiful and reliable. Summer flowering at 28-36” (70-90cm). Bulb size 14+ cm * Same Prices as 2020 * Pack of 3 bulbs for £7.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £20.00
from £7.50
Allium karataviense Red Giant
New
Allium karataviense Red Giant
New for 2021 Vastly improved colour from the species (which is a rather washed out pink) - this introduction sports large, spherical flowers of a good reddish-pink. Short growing, it is ideal for the front of a border or for containers, where it will also display the attribute of retaining its handsome, broad, ribbed foliage throughout flowering time. Ht. to 10" (25cm), flowerhead to 5" (12cm). Flowering...
£3.00
 
Allium 'Miami'
Allium 'Miami'
Recent introduction with large, fairly open flowerheads of red-purple flowers. This super variety gets better year on year, producing strong stems of striking flowers, which really stand out amongst the mauves and purples of other allium varieties. Great value also! Ht.30" (80cm). Bulb size 12+ cm * Same Prices as 2020 * Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.00Pack of 25 bulbs for £8.50
from £4.00
Allium Mount Everest
Allium Mount Everest
Sought-after variety with large, dense, spherical heads of white flowers on strong stems in early summer. Ht. 3-4' (90-120cm). Bulb size 20+ cm * Same Prices as 2020 * Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.50Pack of 10 bulbs for £19.50
from £6.50
Allium nigrum
Allium nigrum
Flat heads of white flowers with green centres in June. A really useful mid-height allium, which flowers a little later than the white 'giants' on offer. Ht. 18" (45cm).Bulb size 12+ cm * Same Prices as 2020 * Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £10.00
from £4.50
Allium obliquum
Allium obliquum
Rare species with acid yellow flowers, June-July, and narrow, glaucus foliage. Has proved very easy and reliable with us, with clumps increasing well year on year.  Ht.32" (80cm). Bulb size 1 (only one size available) * Same Price as 2018 * Pack of 1 bulbs for £5.50 Pack of 3 bulbs for £14.50
from £5.50
 
Allium Ostara
Allium Ostara
This exciting new introduction is a cross between a. atropurpureum and a. karataviense and has inherited the best attributes of both species. From the former comes the deep purple colouring of its globe flowers and from the latter, the bonus of retaining its attractive, shiny leaves during the flowering period. After a few years on the market, it has now also become more affordable. Height 16" (40cm). Bulb...
from £4.00
Allium 'Pink Jewel'
Allium 'Pink Jewel'
This is the first true pink in larger flowered alliums. We are so enamoured of it that we have gradually been increasing the numbers in our borders - the pink colouring is so pretty and really stands out from the allium crowd. Ht. 30"(75cm). Bulb size 10+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £17.50
from £6.00
Allium 'Purple Rain'
Allium 'Purple Rain'
This stunning  introduction has 6" (15cm) globes of deep amethyst. It comes into flower in June, just as the colour is fading from a. 'Purple Sensation', making it a good follow-on choice to extend the season. Ht. 36" (90cm). Bulb size 12/14 cm (Much bigger than last year) ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating and also recommended by GARDENING 'WHICH' Pack of 10 bulbs for £6.00 Pack...
from £6.00
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ AGM
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ AGM
Selected, dark-flowered form of this species, with deep purple flowerheads. Essential mid-border subject, wonderful planted in generous drifts and affordable enough to allow this without breaking the bank. It is also tolerant of a little shade and heavier soils, so is the allium we recommend for gardeners with less than perfect conditions for other varieties. Ht. 30" (75cm). ✩✩✩✩✩...
from £7.00
 
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