Ooh yes, one of my absolute favourites! The Allium, specifically the purple variety.
The Allium was one of the first flowers I really noticed when I was working on BBC’s Gardeners’ World last year. It caught my attention in a big way!
I was lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in Monty’s garden, where I watched these beauties bloom. I just love them!
They are really striking when planted amongst low growing plants, I particularly like their pairing with grasses, as the foliage at the base of the Alliums dies back quite quickly. So if they are surrounded by low level plants like grasses then they disguise the dying foliage. Smart!
I am growing a few in my tatty flower bed at the moment, which I planted out as bulbs in the autumn. They have started to flower now and by the end of the month they will form their striking purple ball of individual flowers!
Even when the flower wither away, they leave a ghostly skeleton behind which is also beautiful.
They are fairly hardy, good for pots and flower beds, make wonderful cut flower displays and pretty easy to grow! What’s not to like?!
There you have it – my plant of the month! Happy May!