Spring Onions and Geraniums Gone Wild
These days if you walk by our house the first thing to strike your eye will be the ‘Globemaster’ Alliums blooming in the Parkway Bed.
All these blooms are descended from 3 ‘Globemaster’ bulbs I planted years ago. As they multiplied, the flower clusters got smaller. ‘Globemaster’ is supposed to have clusters up to 10″ around, and at first ours may have approached that size. But these don’t look more than 6″.
They’re still beautiful, though, and the tall stems add a certain drama. I should probably divide these Allium bulbs, but dividing is one of my least favorite garden chores. Some people get writer’s block, I get plant division block.
The second thing you’d notice is the starry multitude of Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) blooms along both the Sidewalk Border and the Parkway Bed. This is a native hardy Geranium that blooms earlier than most hybrids and exotic species of the genus.
Wild Geranium spreads by rhizome and seed. Once you have it, it will be with you always. In my opinion, this is a good thing.
Mostly the flowers are lavender, but there is also a white-flowered variety.
At the far end of the Sidewalk Border is a large Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana). What you see above is all one plant. Once Bluestar makes itself comfortable, it cannot be moved, except maybe with dynamite. This Bluestar does not have the narrow leaves and brilliant golden fall color of Arkansas Bluestar (A. hubrichtii). However, most years the leaves do turn a very nice yellow.
The Bluestar is one of several plants that are shorter this year. I’d guess that they got a late start breaking dormancy due to the cold spring. Then they hurried to bloom at the normal time, so they put on less height. It’s a theory, anyways.
In this part of the garden now there are a few patches of blooming Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea). The yellow flowers umbels are like a hint of summer to come.
In the Left Bank Bed, north of the Crabapple tree, there’s another patch of Alliums blooming. These are ‘Purple Sensation’, which is shorter than ‘Globemaster’. They are underplanted with Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum). When the Alliums die back, the Starry Solomon’s Plume stays green, with the added bonus of unusual striped berries later on.
What are the standout plants in your garden right now?