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 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.

 

 

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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  TOP SIZE BULBS 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 5 bulbs for £3.50 25 bulbs for £14.50
from £3.50
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+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £15.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £50.00
from £15.50
 
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 £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £9.00
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 * Same Price as 2018 * Pack of 3 bulbs for £4.50
£4.50
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 15 bulbs for £3.50
£3.50
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 10 bulbs for £5.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £13.50
from £5.00
 
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 15 bulbs for £3.50
from £3.50
Allium jesdianum 'Early Emperor' AGM
Allium jesdianum 'Early Emperor' AGM
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+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.50Pack of 10 bulbs or £20.00
from £6.50
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 * Prices lower than 2018 * Pack of 15 bulbs for £3.50
£3.50
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...
£5.50
 
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 £3.50  
£3.50
Allium 'Forelock'
Allium 'Forelock'
Striking introduction, sporting unusual, conical blooms of burgundy, tipped white, with a striking 'topknot'.Has proved very reliable in our borders over a number of years now, even growing well in a partly shaded area of the garden. Ht.24-30" (60-75cm). Bulb size 14+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices *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+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £10.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £32.00
from £10.00
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 24+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices * Pack of 3 bulbs for £7.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £22.00
from £7.50
 
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 £16.50
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 15 for £3.50 Pack of 50 for £10.00
from £3.50
Allium 'His Excellency'
Allium 'His Excellency'
Giant flowerheads of closely-packed blue-lilac florets and a height of 3' (90cm) +. An affordable 'giant'.Bulb size 20+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £8.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £25.00
from £8.00
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 £4.00
 
Allium 'Jackpot'
Allium 'Jackpot'
Recent introduction, with large, lilac-purple globe-flowers. Very attractive and reliable. Summer flowering at 28-36” (70-90cm). Bulb size 14+ cm Pack of 3 for £7.00
£7.00
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 * Still at 2018 Prices *Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.00Pack of 25 bulbs for £8.00
from £4.00
Allium 'Mont Blanc'
Allium 'Mont Blanc'
Large flowerhead of pure white. Out of the same stable as Allium 'Mount Everest' and not much more than a name between them. Ht. 3-4' (90-120cm).Bulb size 20+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £8.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £25.00
from £8.00
Allium Mount Everest
Allium Mount Everest
Sought-after variety with large, dense, spherical heads of white flowers on strong stems. Ht. 3-4' (90-120cm). Last of stockBulb size 14+ cm * Lower than  2018 Prices * Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.50Pack of 10 bulbs for £19.50
from £6.50
 
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