were overlooked for years because they smell of onions.
In this week's step-by-step we show you how to create a stylish arrangement with a few stems of giant alliums
Back among the onions though, and Dutch firm W S Warmenhoven had a stunning display of Allium
. I am sure that Allium
suffer from being tagged as decorative onions which seems to make them a bit infra dig, a pity as they do have some spectacular garden plants among their number.
can be interspersed in garden beds or allowed to poke up through low-growing plants.
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* Ornamental onions (Allium
) are among the best bulbs for resistance to animal browsing and come in many varieties.
'FIREWORKS MIX' (SUTTONS.CO.UK) IF you're after fun, consider this striking mix of the three alliums
in shades of fuchsia pink, canary yellow and ice white, whose myriad blooms explode into colour like emerging fireworks.
'Purple Rain' (broadleighbulbs.co.uk) "I've always found 'Purple Rain' comes up year after year, flowering in May," said bulb expert Christine Skelmersdale, of Broadleigh Bulbs.
make good partners for grasses, which have height and movement and hide the fading straggly leaves of the allium
before it flowers.
So, purple is the new black, if the swathes of lupins, irises, salvias and alliums
which featured in the show gardens at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show are anything to go by.
are such stars their flamboyant flowers will fit into every scheme, from wild meadows to space-age theatre sets and containers.
Asia is one of the origin centers of Allium
genus, especially garlic (Allium
sativum L.), onion (Allium
cepa L.), and Chinese chive (Allium
tuberosum) ; however sulfur compounds from alliums
have played a key roles in defense .
contain substances that, when broken down by chopping, crushing, or mincing, are exposed to each other, creating a compound called allicin.