The size and color make this one a real show-stopper in the late June garden and in large bouquets. Each huge flower head (up to 6" in diameter) is a globe like cluster of hundreds of tiny, lilac purple flowers. Its strong, tubular stems make it a dramatic addition at the back of a border. Alliums are a great transitional flower, providing drama in the late spring and early summer garden. Fresh cut or dried, they are a flower arranger's delight. They are easy to grow and multiply and increase in beauty each year, providing more and more stems and blooms for years to come.
One cardinal rule for planting flower bulbs, is to plant them in soil that is well-drained. Check the proposed planting site for standing water after a rainfall. If you must plant where the soil is known to remain wet, raise the soil level by 6-12" above the surrounding soil.
When to Plant Flower Bulbs
Fall is the time when nearly all spring blooming bulbs are dormant and the pleasant weather allows for shipping and planting. Plant flower bulbs in September or October to allow the most root growth.
Watering Flower Bulbs
After planting flower bulbs, water thoroughly to settle the soil around them and to encourage the Start of root growth. If ample rain is lacking, it may be necessary to water new plantings once a week in the fall. Flower bulbs also require water after blooming, during the stage when foliage is ripening; water weekly if rain is sparse.