Maybe you’re tired of me talking about my Alliums every spring and summer. But I have something new to say about ‘Purple Sensation’ that you can’t say about every Allium.
Namely, that this Allium variety, at least in my garden, really is an almost no-maintenance plant. I started this patch of ‘Purple Sensation’ in the back garden over 10 years ago. The patch has gotten bigger every year. However, it gives no sign of needing lifting and dividing. And did I mention that it is thriving in part shade?
This is the same patch looking the other direction. I did discover this May that Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ is a nice companion for this Allium variety.
I planted a second patch of ‘Purple Sensation’ south of the ‘Donald Wyman’ crabapple. Though this is a dryer, sunnier spot, the performance here has been basically the same, though this second patch is usually a few days ahead of the first. Despite this year’s cold spring, both patches started blooming early this year. Thanks to the drought and a brief mid-May heat wave, they finished earlier than normal, especially in the newer patch. Ditto for the foliage dying back.
In the Back Garden the variety ‘Mt. Everest’ is blooming. This is its second season and there is no sign of spreading, nor have the flower heads gotten smaller. Unfortunately there is one fewer than there should be, as I accidentally broke one of the stems. Clumsy.
Glad I planted this one.
These days I ask myself why I ever got excited about Allium karataviense. The foliage is supposed to be something special, but is it? Though it may not be the Allium’s fault. It was subject to an emergency transplant into the Back Raised Bed that was done with little thought as to how it would fit in with its neighbors.
When I first planted Allium ‘Globemaster’ its 10″ flowerheads inspired awe. Though it has multiplied, these days it looks a little pathetic. I swear this is the year I will finally lift and divide these bulbs. By the middle of June. You have permission to castigate me if it doesn’t get done.
Well, that’s all I have on this year’s May-blooming Alliums. More Alliums to come as we go through summer. This is a flower that I’ve come to think of as essential to our garden. As of now, we have nine species or varieties, though admittedly some are more successful than others. And remember, Alliums are good for bees and rabbit-resistant.