Get Your Alliums Off to a Great Start
In this video, you’ll learn about some of the different types of alliums and how to use them in your garden. You’ll also see a planting demonstration and learn how to care for the plants after they bloom.
Alliums produce wonderful globe-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. The bulbs are reliably perennial and easy to grow almost everywhere in the country. Alliums are loved by bees and butterflies, and are not bothered by insects, disease, rabbits, squirrels or even deer.
Most alliums are hardy in zones 3-8 and should be planted in fall or early winter, after the first frost but before the ground freezes. The size of the bulb varies depending on the variety and because of this, planting depth and distance between the bulbs also varies. As a rule, alliums should be planted 2-3 times as deep as the bulb is tall. Allow a space between each bulb that’s approximately 2-3 times the width of the bulb. Plant pointy side up in an area that receives full to part sun and has well-draining soil. After planting, water well if the planting area is dry and there’s no rain in the forecast.