Ornamental leek is an attractive perennial with great globe flowers.
Allium is an eye-catcher in any garden bed with its striking pinkish-purple flowers.
The striking pompom flowers stand out from many other summer flowers. On the one hand, the plant has a wildflower-like charm, but on the other hand it can also be staged in elegant borders or formal gardens. Ornamental leeks originate from the Mediterranean region. Today it decorates beds, borders, rockery or planters on balconies and terraces. Allium flowers from July to August. The purple globe flowers are charming eye-catchers. Ideally, they should tower above the neighbouring plants. The flowers are on long stems and sway gently in the summer wind. What a magical sight! If you buy ornamental leeks, you can create wonderful bedding scenarios.
Growth form and importance
The bulbous flower grows upright and reaches a height of 30 to 50 centimetres. The spherical, umbellate flowers are made up of many small individual flowers. The stamens protrude boldly from the small leaves. Wild bees, bumblebees and butterflies fly to them to feast on the nectar. The flowers grow to about five centimetres tall. The leaves are long and narrow. They usually turn yellow before they flower. Small capsule fruits emerge from the flowers after pollination. The allium begins to wilt and retreats into its bulbs. The plant forms bulbs as organs of survival and sprouts again in spring.
Planting and caring for alliums
For your ornamental allium to develop well, plant it in a sunny to semi-shady and warm location. When planting alliums, the soil should be well-drained, dry and moderately rich in nutrients. The plant does not tolerate waterlogging. Allium fits into any garden bed. The plant fits into the most diverse garden concepts. Properly staged, the ornamental allium even looks formal and stylish. Ornamental leeks also look very elegant in a vase. The best long-distance effect is achieved by planting ornamental leek plants in large quantities. Five to eight plants should be planted per square metre. Planting ornamental allium plants is possible all year round on frost-free days. Planting alliums is easy, but set the bulb deep enough in the ground.
A versatile bulbous plant
The ornamental allium is hardy and does not need any special protection. Allium is also very easy to combine. Next to ornamental grasses, phlox, cranesbill, catmint or steppe sage, the plant will look lovely. It is also low maintenance. All you have to do is cut back the withered shoots in autumn. Then you can look forward to the next flowering season. When you plant alliums, they provide an important food source for wild bees and insects.