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JUL-AUG 2019

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G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 46 Plant the drumsck allium, Allium sphaerocephalon, amongst orna- mental grasses or allow it to grow up through other perennials. The two-toned, raspberry and green flowers have long, slender stems and are a fabulous addion to early summer arrangements. Drumsck alli- ums will self-sow, so they're ideal for naturalizing. Add an exoc look to the late spring garden with allium bulgaricum, also known as Nectaroscordum siculum or Sicilian honey garlic. The sprays of dangling, cream and burgundy florets have a look that's com- pletely different from other alliums. Plant them in flower gardens, in- formal naturalized areas and cu-ng gardens. They will return to bloom again year a€er year. Once you start growing ornamental alliums, you'll find yourself look- ing for more variees and more ways to include these beaues in the landscape. Their long-lasng, pollinator-friendly blossoms and easy-care nature make them a good choice for any gardener. Melinda Myers has wrien numerous books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Any- thing" DVD series and the na•onally-syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contribut- ing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Longfield Gardens for her exper•se to write this ar•cle. Her web site is www.MelindaMyers.com. ◆ Bold and Beautiful Alliums for Every Garden By Melinda Meyers Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for bu†erflies, bees, and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms—this year, and for years to come. Just like their relaves, onions and chives, ornamental alliums are easy to grow and trouble free. Pests, diseases, and even deer don't bother them. Most types are reliably perennial and winter hardy in zones three to eight. Alliums prefer well-drained soil and full sun, though they will also grow in paral shade. You can choose flowers that are white, yellow, pink, purple, or even blue. All are long lasng and combine nicely with other perennials. They are also excellent cut flowers. When alliums finish blooming, their foliage fades away quickly, so surrounding flowers can take cen- ter stage. Alliums bloom at different mes during the growing season, starng with early spring and connuing to midsummer. Consult Longfield Gar- dens' allium bloom me chart (www.longfield-gardens.com) for help choosing which alliums you want to plant in various spaces around your yard and garden, or in containers. Plant Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensaon' for a burst of color just prior to peony bloom. These raspberry-violet globes measure 3 to 4- inches across and are held high on 3-foot stems that rise above most newly emerging perenni- als. The bulbs are inexpensive, so it's affordable to create large displays. Plus, they mul- ply over me, so are a great choice for naturalizing. Be sure to include some show stopping Globemaster al- liums. These flowers are the size of bowling balls, on sturdy, three-foot-tall stems. Bloom me is the same as most peonies, which make excellent companions. The dried seed heads are striking when le€ in the garden and will usually last into early autumn. Shorter but just as impressive, allium christophii has eight-inch di- ameter flowers atop 12- to 18- inch-tall stems. The spiky, violet–pink blossoms have a sil- very sheen that adds to the stunning appearance. Plant the bulbs in flower beds, along pathways and in rock gardens where their late spring blooms can be admired close-up. Allow the dried seed heads to remain in the garden for months of added interest. in the garden Photos courtesy Longfield Gardens

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