The beauty of ALLIUMS

November 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM Leave a comment


John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs 
Aazing Magical Allium
Thank you for having signed up for horticultural emails from John Scheepers, Van Engelen and Kitchen Garden Seeds.* Pictured from top to bottom: Allium bulgaricum, Gladiator, Globemaster and Pinball Wizard.

There is nothing more magical than the sight of colossal Allium emerging from the earth, puffing themselves up into big planetoid spheres that hover over lower-growing perennials in the garden. Their unique presence creates a special atmosphere that is both serene and dramatic. Often planted among ferns, hemerocalis or hostas to camouflage its low-growing foliage, Allium masterfully transform normal backyards into mystical sanctuaries. Their mere presence offers an amazing natural architecture unsurpassed by any other variety. These outstanding perennials are rodent-resistant, deer-resistant and make good cut and dried flowers. They have an incredibly long presence in the garden~the stalks emerge and a spidery outline of the globe develops as hundreds of star-shaped florets burst into bloom with delicate filament-like stamen. As the composite flowers die back, the form of the globe remains, like a garden sentry. What else could you ever ask of a bulb?

Like Festive Garden Balloons
The really large globe-shaped wonders, looking a bit like purple or white garden balloons, have a range of 6” to 10” globes in varying heights~these include Allium albopilosum, Ambassador, Firmament, Gladiator, Globemaster, jesdianum Early Emperor and White Empress, Pinball Wizard, stipitatum Mount Everest and White Giant.

The medium- to smaller-sized, globe-shaped varieties with composite flowers measuring in circumference from 1 ½” to 5” include Allium aflatunense, aflatunense Purple Sensation, azureum (fabulous, also known at the Blue of the Heavens), cowanii, karativiense, karativiense Ivory Queen, multibulbosum and rosenbachianum. For those of you involved in garden restorations, Allium aflatunense, albopilosum, azureum, karativiense, karativiense Ivory Queen, and multibulbosum are all heirloom varieties, some dating back to as long ago as 1762!

Allium Come in All Forms and Sizes

Yet there is a multitude of other Allium available in diverse forms and sizes, like Allium schubertii that has spidery, 12” flowers, or Allium bulgaricum that gracefully grows to three feet tall with delicate clusters of pendant ivory flowers flushed purple that magically elevate themselves into a magnificent, outward-facing flower. And one must not forget crazy Allium Hair that appears much like an alien life form with green, tentacle-like flowers and Allium Forelock that looks like Tom Hank’s buddy Wilson in Castaway: it has 2” to 3” globe-shaped flowers with unruly tufts of white-tipped, mahogany-red flowers exploding out of the top of its head. We could go on and on, but it is best if you see all of our Allium for yourself.


We are posting new website specials all the time now: you might fall in love with The Hovering Purple Balloons Allium Special.

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We are shipping our beautiful flower bulbs all over the U.S., right on time. Place your order now for shipment at the proper time for planting in your area. Call us if you have any questions or need help making your selections~we can help you make alternate selections for any sold-out favorites. We are here 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. over the weekends. We love to talk bulbs.

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