round-headed leek / round-headed garlic
Indispensable, late-summer drumsticks of tight green ovals topped in maroon. They endure longer and better than any allium - thread through roses or any summer border for an essential vertical presence
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Small, egg-shaped, claret-coloured flowerheads appear like drumsticks on tall, slender stems above strap-like, mid-green leaves in mid- to late summer. Planted en masse in a border in full sun, these diminutive claret flowers look great emerging from a screen of foliage, or against a backdrop of ornamental grasses. They gently fade as summer comes to a close.
- Garden care: Avoid excessive mositure from late summer when dormant.