October 17, 2012

Talking alliums on the Sarah Raven blog

Hi lovelies, I am over at the Sarah Raven blog, Garlic and Sapphire today, talking about one of my favourite garden stalwarts, alliums. If you haven't tried growing them and want some low/no maintenance, drop dead gorgeous glamour of the pink-purple-white variety in your garden from about May to September, then alliums are your new best friend. There are a bunch of different ones I rely on for different sizes and colours, so pop over for some top tips and photos by way of a guide. You can still plant them now for a display to knock your socks off in 2013. If you have grown any with success or have some favourites I haven't mentioned, please leave your comments over there, I'd love to know what has worked for you, and perhaps discover some new ones to tempt me! Thanks. xx


  1. Oooh that's good that you are a guest on her blog! I will hop on over. Went on a wonderful day course at Perch Hill a few years back and so enjoyed it. x

  2. Oh Belinda, I MUST plant some bulbs.

    I'll go over and read and hope some of your magic rubs off on me.

    xo J.

  3. I've planted loads this year. Will have a look at G&S to see what you recommend : )

  4. Hi Belinda

    Just wondering if these can be grown from seeds collected from the dried Allium heads. Any info would be appreciated.

  5. Mine didn't come up this year - I was most miffed....but they are ever so gorgeous. Must try harder next year.

    Nina x

  6. Belinda,
    The alliums are so pretty, and they are my favorite color, purple. What a lovely picture.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  7. Hi Belinda,
    I noticed a lot of people growing them in Oxfordshire and Vancouver. Actually, in Vancouver, there's a really great little garden tour called Art in the Garden. It happens at the end of May and the aliums seem to be the stars of the show. I've bought about 20 bulbs...those huge fireworks looking ones...to grow for next year in Vancouver, and, when I get back to Northmoor I'll buy some for my garden there. It seems that they're easy to grow, so fingers crossed. :)

  8. Hello Lovely!

    re.fairs: Yes, the come-down is dreadful, no you're not alone! It is a superhuman effort to get all your wares packed, unpacked, staged, sold, smiling all the while and then do the whole shebang in reverse!
    So brilliant you are involved with garlic and sapphire,so happy for you. As for those alliums I am having a crush on the new white Silverspring with rose coloured centres...heaven. Glad you reminded me as I don't have any here.

    Love to you, Sarah -x-

  9. I never realize what a beautiful flower alliums were.