Sicilian honey garlic
A subtle vision of green and pink - suspended over the garden like a delicate candelabra -and this allium is also good in shade
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A really unusual ornamental onion, with an umbrella of hanging, bell-shaped, creamy green flowers flushed with lilac on stiff stems in May and June. This tall, exotic-looking, bulbous perennial will add vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained border and thrives in partial shade, too. As the flowers fade, they turn upright to form curious, shuttlecock-like seedheads that extend the season of interest and add a twist to flower arrangements.
- Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn.
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Q:Companion planting for Nectaroscordum bulbs
A friend of mine gave me about 20 Nectaroscordum siculum bulbs this October. I planted them all together for effect, at the required distance apart, and I am wondering if you could suggest something I could plant underneath them, when they come up (hopefully!) next summer. I believe they are quite tall, so something at their feet would be good. The bed gets sun and shade in equal parts. If you could help, I would be very grateful. Best wishes DianeAsked on 12/5/2009 by Diane Baker
A:Hello Diane, I would underplant with one of the colourful Heucheras - preferably one with plum coloured foliage to pick up the deep purple flecks in the flowers. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/ I hope this helps. HelenAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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