nodding onion bulbs
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 1
On slender, upright stems, loose clusters of up to 30, purplish pink flowers appear in summer. Each individual flower has a long stem, so they form graceful, chandelier-like heads above the slender, strap-shaped foliage. Vigorous and easy to grow, they are particularly effective in meadows or other naturalised planting schemes where they can be allowed to form large clumps.
- Garden care: Plant the base of the bulbs 5 - 7cm deep and approximately 5 - 10cm apart. These long-necked allium bulbs are sent out with dormant shoots, which should not be cut back. As the winter encroaches, some of the foliage may die off and this can be tidied up by hand if necessary. Avoid excessive mositure from late summer and split and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.
There was a time when alliums were thought of only as vegetables. However, the taller varieties with their huge globe flower heads are now one of the stars of the architectural plant world. The stiff lollipop heads off-setting sharp vertical leaves, tall,Read full article
Spring bulbs, such as daffodils and hyacinths, can be planted whenever the soil conditions allow. As a rough guide, cover them with about twice as much soil as the bulb is deep: so that a 5cm (2in) deep bulb would need a 15cm (6in) deep hole so that itRead full article
Bulbs are ideal for anyone who rates themselves as 'keen-but-clueless' because they are one of the easiest plants to grow. Provided you plant them at the right time of year at more or less the right depth, they will reward you year after year with a relRead full article