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Allium 'Mt Everest' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Allium ‘Mt Everest’ (photo: Kathy Diemer)

I love orbs of all kinds; from glass globes to granite balls and anything in between, especially alliums.  The Latin word for allium is garlic, yet alliums are from the onion family (genus), including edibles such as chives, leeks and yes, garlic. Most alliums are happy in sunny, well drained zones 4-9, and come in a wide range of colors (white, purple, pink and yellow), heights (inches to several feet) and sizes (cotton ball to volleyball). Alliums not only add whimsy, funkiness and drama, they are great cut or dried flowers, attract bees and butterflies, are easy to grow, generally pest resistant from above ground critters (below is another story!) and are guaranteed to ignite your landscape. So, are you ready to hear some suggestions? [Read more…]

A Garden for All