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 (
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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 Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 25 bulbs for £9.00
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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 £15.00
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Allium Ostara
Allium Ostara
New in 2015 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...
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Allium 'Pinball Wizard'
Allium 'Pinball Wizard'
We have had many requests for a large headed allium of shorter stature and this recent introduction fits the bill nicely. The huge heads of silver-lilac are reminiscent of A.Beau Regard but, at around 30" (75cm), it is somewhat shorter of stem. Flowering is in June.Bulb size 20+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices *Pack of 3  for £13.50
£13.50
 
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 * Same Prices as 2018 *Pack of 3 bulbs for £5.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for 15.00
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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 10+ cm ✩✩✩✩✩ Rating and also recommended by GARDENING 'WHICH' Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 30 bulbs for £12.00
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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). ✩✩✩✩✩...
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Allium 'Red Mohican'
Allium 'Red Mohican'
  Neat heads of maroon flowers, tipped cream - a very attractive newcomer, which has been in great demand since its introduction a few years ago. Ht. to 3' (90cm). Bulb size 10+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices * Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.00 Pack of 10 bulbs for £18.00
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Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon
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Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon
New for 2019 Serpent Garlic/Rocambole. We love this form of garlic for its ornamental qualities - the flower stems twist and coil like snakes, before straightening up to flower in late summer. Used like this, the bulbs will grow larger each year and the bulbils produced in the flower heads can be allowed to naturalise. Or, if you wish, you can treat the bulb as an annual, harvesting it to use the...
£5.00
Allium schubertii
Allium schubertii
Distinctive and unique in its appearance, the unequal length of the flower stalks of this variety give the impression of an exploding firework. The open structure of the flowers mean that they persist well in the border long after the colour has faded. Eventually, they can be harvested as dried flowers (some gardeners spray them silver or gold and use them as Christmas decorations). Ht. 18" (45cm).Bulb...
£7.50
Allium scorodoprasum 'Art'
Allium scorodoprasum 'Art'
A great novelty, the small flowers have green spokes of purple florets. Much loved by flower arrangers.  Ht. 18" (45cm). Bulb size 5+ cm Pack of 15 for £4.50 Pack of 50 for £13.50
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Allium 'Silver Spring'
Allium 'Silver Spring'
An introduction from Israel. The white flowers are quite unique with each floret sporting a distinctive maroon 'eye'. We have been growing this allium for several years now and it is the first to show foliage (often in early winter) although the flowering time is June. Give it a warm site with excellent drainage. Ht. 28-36" (70-90cm).Bulb size 12+ cm (last year was 10+ cm) * Lower Price compared...
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Allium sphaerocephalon
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Allium sphaerocephalon
Tall stems of maroon/green drumstick flowerheads in mid-summer, a little later than most varieties of Allium. Stunning in groups amongst lower growing plants, or intermingled with grasses. Ht. 24" (60cm).Bulb size 6+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices * Pack of 20 for £3.00 Pack of 50 for £6.00
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Allium 'Spider'
Allium 'Spider'
An exciting, recent cross between a.schubertii and a.atropurpureum, resulting in darker violet 'firework' flowers on a longer stem. Easier to repeat flower than a.schubertii, given a warm, sheltered spot with good drainage. Ht. 24" (60cm).   * Sorry, Unavailable in 2019 due to crop failure *
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Allium 'Summer Drummer'
Allium 'Summer Drummer'
This allium has to be seen to be believed! It begins producing its foliage very early in the year, shooting ever upwards until it is well over 6' (180cm) tall and topped by tight buds with elongated tips. These hold for months before gradually expanding and splitting open, to reveal large globes which sport a mixture of purple and white florets - uniquely different! Height to 8' (240cm). * Prices...
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Allium 'Twinkling Stars'
Allium 'Twinkling Stars'
NEW in 2016 As seen at Chelsea 2017 - this new hybrid of allium giganteum has giant heads of lilac-pink, with sparkling anthers on the individual florets. Flowering in June at 48" (120cm) Bulb size 20+ cm  * SORRY, NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2019 *  
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Allium unifolium
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Allium unifolium
This is a really useful little allium for threading through perennial plantings to give another layer of colour. It bears sprays of long-lasting, lilac-pink, pendent flowers in late spring/early summer and performs well in sun or dappled shade. Ht. 12" (30cm).Bulb size 5+ cm * Still at 2018 Prices *Pack of 20 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £7.00 Pack of 100 bulbs for £12.50
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Allium Violet Beauty
Allium Violet Beauty
New in 2016 This pretty variety of allium stipitatum has so much going for it.  The flowers are a lovely mid-lilac and pleasantly scented and the bulbs themselves are affordable enough to allow for generous planting.  Ideal also for the cutting garden. Ht. 30" (75cm)  Bulb size 10+cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.50 Pack of 30 bulbs for £9.00
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Allium 'White Cloud'
Allium 'White Cloud'
NEW in 2016 The choice in white allums is far more restricted than for purple flowered varieties, so a new variety is always worth a look. And 'White Cloud' is distinctly different from existing whites, with its very tightly packed flowerheads and later flowering time. The attractive, pointed flower buds open with a pink tinge before turning ivory white. Flowering in mid-summer at around 32" (80cm). Bulb...
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