Allium Bulbs to Plant in Fall

The thing about alliums is that there’s only one time of year you can plant them: in the fall. Make plans to get yours into the ground for next year’s blooms.

Purple Sensation alliums hover above my early summer perennial border. The blooms last for three weeks.

The bulbs in this picture are Purple Sensation alliums. They bloom in early June, right after the late tulips and right before the first early summer perennials. Over the years the bulbs in this long perennial border have multiplied and when they’re in bloom it’s one of my very favorite times in the garden.

The thing about Purple Sensation is that they’re bulbs and if you want to have these flowers in your garden there’s only one time of year you can plant them: in the fall. Daffodils, tulips and crocuses are easy to find at most garden centers, but alliums are not as readily available. To make sure you have the bulbs in hand when it’s time to plant, the best thing to do is order them now by mail. That way, they’ll show up at your door at proper planting time, and there’s no chance you’ll have to live another year without these beautiful, long-lasting, bee-friendly flowers in your garden.

When you’re placing that order, consider adding one or more of the other fall-planted alliums that I’ve come to know and love. Dutch Gardens has a good selection of alliums, ready for delivery this fall.

This yellow allium (Allium flavum) has become another midsummer favorite. I have planted it in my rock garden. Over a 10-day period, the cluster of florets slowly emerge and become an exuberant explosion of color.
 

Drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) bloom in early July, a couple weeks after Purple Sensation. They are not as erect and orderly as Purple Sensation but in the right place (where casual is OK) the two-toned, burgundy-green heads are fantastic.
 

This Everlasting Allium can get “planted” any time during the year. They come in pink and yellow, too!
 
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