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 5 bulbs for £4.00 25 bulbs for £15.00
from £4.00
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 £3.00 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
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Allium carolinianum 'Rosy Dream'
New for 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 25 bulbs for...
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 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 £4.00
from £4.00
Allium 'Dutchman'
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Allium 'Dutchman'
New for 2020 Splendid new variety, producing enormous flowerheads of violet-purple in early summer. What marks it apart from similar alliums is that it retains its foliage in good condition during the flowering period which, in some planting situations, could be an important factor. Hardy bulb for sun and well-drained soil, flowering at around 28" (70cm). Bulb size 18+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £12.00 Pack...
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 * 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
 
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