Thursday, September 14, 2017

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Planted - 'Globemaster' Ornamental Garlic

Allium 'Globemaster'

Come spring, lots of folks slap themselves on the forehead saying, "I woulda, coulda, shoulda planted ____." You fill in the blank. If only they had planted those flower bulbs in fall, they would be enjoying them in spring. Here is one of my favorites that you should plant now.

Ornamental Allium has shiny, glossy foliage and produces 12" - 48" high leafless stalks upon which sit tufted globes of color. The late spring and early summer blooms typically have great potential for cut flower production. The blooms last much longer in a vase than your typical flower. This plant attracts bees, butterflies and birds, but disinterests deer and rodents. It doesn't have any pest problems.

Allium x 'Globemaster' was raised in 1971 by J. Bijl. The flower ball can be over 8 inches across. Like other ornamental allium, they appear exotic, but are easy to grow.

Name(s): Allium x 'Globemaster', Giant Onion, Giant Allium.

Flower Color: Purple.

Bloom Time: Late spring, early summer.

Foliage: Herbaceous, blue-green, smooth, fragrant.

Height/Spread: 48 inches x 15 inches.

Climate Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

Soil Condition: Well-drained, average, pH 6.6 to 7.8.

Planting Depth: 8 inches.

Features: Deer resistant, fragrant.

Uses: Massed planting, cutting gardens, container gardens, bulb gardens, butterfly gardens, herb gardens, borders.

Return to Allium at goGardenNow.com.

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