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Allium Sphaerocephalon

JamesOJamesO Posts: 230

Hi just wondering if you could plant these in with tulips and if gardeners out there think they would work well together or not.

Thanks for any opinions


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    tulip foliage might be a bit butch for the alliums??

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754

    They flower quite late on compared to tulips James, July /August , so it depends if you're looking for things to flower together, or for a succession. They're also quite tall, so they generally need other planting around them for support.

    You could certainly plant them in the same location as they both like well drained soil and plenty of sun  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,143

    A.sphaerocephalon can be a bit invasive in the open garden ; brilliant in a wild garden though .

  • JamesOJamesO Posts: 230

    Thanks Fairgirl think Ill put them in a wall boarder have some shrubs and grass they can grow betweenimage

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207

    H JamesO,

    I've just ordered and planted about 30 bulbs of those Allium Sphaerocephalon. As an experiment I have planted them amidst my existing Carex testacea.

    I am hoping that this will make an interesting association. More about it ... next summer!


    Carex testacea

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Ooo! I like them.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427


    Yes they can be quite tall and when the heads are fully grown they are quite heavy, but my oh my the bees absolutely love them....i love them when they are half green and half purple, this picture was taken on 8th july, i have planted more this autumn ?

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207

    Loana "...i love them when they are half green and half purple..."

    Agree, that's when they look their best and distinctive from other aliums.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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