Fall bulbs: this is Allium year for me

Three or four years ago I planted several types of fall bulbs in the then-new planting beds along the driveway. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, and a few alliums. The tulips were only added because they were on clearance because I knew the deer would eat them -- the others should be avoided by the deer.


My favorite by far were the alliums, and even though I had planted only purple types, labeled as A. aflatunense and 'Purple Sensation' -- which is a cultivar of A. aflatunense it turns out -- (as seen in this photo), I had one tall white allium grow too (photo here). I loved these, and decided this summer that I'd be adding more alliums to my garden this year.



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So what did I get? (I arranged them in order of bulb size on the table, as that seemed like the most fun way to do it):


I had two "must have" species on my list, thanks to Scott at Rhone Street Gardens posting wonderful photos of his every year (like this, and this).

Allium christophii was one:


And the second was Allium bulgaricum:


I didn't stop at just those two though. I bought from Willow Creek Gardens mainly because they were the first place I found that had both of the above types in stock. I was entranced by two new varieties they carried though so added them to the cart too!

Allium 'Red Mohican' (info and photos here):



Also Allium 'Silver Spring' (info and photos here):


After adding those relatively expensive new varieties I decided to add some cheap ones too: Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick allium):


That addition put me over the "get free bulbs!" sale threshold so my shipment contained a surprise: Tulip dasystemon Tarda:


I'm not sure where to plant these, as they almost certainly will be deer food. Perhaps a pot on the deck is the way to go?


I spent some money locally too, buying a couple more Alliums from one of my favorite local nurseries (Greenscape Gardens): Allium giganteum and Allium 'Summer Drummer':


Both will be tall and huge -- exciting! A bit of a size difference...


...can you tell which is A. giganteum ($8 for 1) and which is A. sphaerocephalon ($6 for 20)?

I plan on planting these in the next couple of weeks. It's going to be an exciting spring and early summer next year!


Are you planting any exciting bulbs this fall?

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (October 14, 2015 at 12:31 PM)  

You're so lucky to be able to grow these. I've tried and failed several times, don't know why exactly. Looking forward to seeing you allium bounty in 2016!

Alan  – (October 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM)  

Gerhard: Willow Creek Gardens is in CA, and indicate that at least some of these will thrive not only in cold climates but even in San Diego (for example).

scottweberpdx  – (October 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM)  

I'm so glad you're embracing the Allium love...and yes...I'm obviously smitten! You actually have a few I've never heard of...must research!

danger garden  – (October 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM)  

Not a single bulb going into my garden. I'm a bad gardener.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker.com  – (October 15, 2015 at 1:45 AM)  

Allium are on the "must add" list for my garden. I'm partial to the purple and lavender allium. I'd be interested to see pictures of the results you get with your new additions.

Alan  – (October 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM)  

Scott: there are some new beauties available...

Loree: So you're a corm or tuber girl? I hadn't planted a single bulb until a few years back, and now I'm hooked!

Charlie: I'll certainly be posting photos when they bloom!

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