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Alliums Look Like They Belong In A Dr. Seuss Book

If you have some spare time on your hands these days why not get into gardening? I'm thinking of doing so. There are so many cool plants and flowers you can include in your garden.

How about ornamental alliums? Have you ever heard of those? I gotta admit I had to look those up to know exactly what they're all about and now I'm pretty much hooked.

Did you know that ornamental alliums belong in the onions, shallots, and garlic family? I had no idea. Haha. But these are actually hearty perennials with gorgeous blooms.

They're actually easy-to-grow bulbs that come in a varied palette of colors, heights, bloom times, and flower forms. The most fascinating ones to me are 'Purple Sensation' and 'Gladiator/Globemaster' varieties.

As they don't take much space in a garden you can pretty much fit them anywhere amongst your other plants. And they're actually resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits.

The 'Purple Sensation' blooms flower in early June, right after the late tulips. Their sturdy stems rise between 24″ to 30″ high and literally float above all the foliage.

But the tallest and most architectural alliums are actually the Globemaster and Gladiators. They have huge, globe-shaped flowerheads that rise on 3 to 4-foot stems. Wow. That's definitely something.

The best thing about these unique plants is that they're drought-tolerant and actually prefer to be grown on the dry side. They will grow well in almost any well-drained soil.

One thing to remember though is that there's only one time you can plant these and it's in the fall. Once they bloom they will adore basking in the sun.

The cool thing about these flowers is that most of them multiply naturally. Therefore they can be left untouched in the same area for many years to come.

So if you're looking for a truly eye-catching perennial to make your garden stand out you should definitely look into planting some alliums and watch them vow everyone.

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