Alliums have to be one of our most well-loved, contemporary perennials. They’re relatively pest and disease free, pollinators love them, they look good in flower and also in skeletonised form during the winter. However, if you thought growing alliums was as straightforward as bunging some bulbs in the ground and enjoying them year after year, you may be surprised…
After losing some alliums in my own garden, I was determined to find out a bit more about what these plants need to succeed in the garden. Jackie Currie has held the National Collection of Alliums for the past 4 years and I surmised that if anyone could help me on my quest to make my alliums happy, she could.
Since she started growing alliums in earnest, Jackie has learned many things that might surprise even the most seasoned grower and it appears she may be re-writing the rule book on alliums as we know it. Listen to the episode to find out which alliums truly act as perennials, coming back year after year. Also find out which alliums to treat as annuals and which to grow in difficult spots.
Points of interest;
What soil conditions alliums like
Alliums that are easy to grow
Alliums that are tricky!
What to plant them with
How to propagate them
Guest follow up;
Jackie Currie has run Euphorbia Design in partnership with Lorraine Cooke for the past 15 years.
Jackie and her alliums can often be found exhibiting at RHS Flower Shows Hampton Court & Chelsea, where she is a multiple medal-winner.
Further useful research;
Allium names, in order or mention;
paradoxum var. normale