Alliums are an indispensable part of every garden border. Their flowers offer a link between the end of spring and early summer just at the time when the garden needs them. Their foliage emerges early in spring but by flowering time it is beginning to die back.
The advantage is that even the largest varieties take up little space in a border and can easily be slipped in between other plants. Used singly or in wide drifts and groups they not only bring colour to the garden, but the characteristic round seed heads can remain a feature for many months. While in bloom all Allium are much loved by bees and butterflies.