16 Top Alliums for Your Garden

Alliums are some of the most versatile bulbs for the spring and summer garden. Add interest to your landscape with these top varieties.

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    Purple Sensation

    This variety is a showstopper thanks to its 3-inch-wide globes of rich purple flowers.

    Name: Allium 'Purple Sensation'

    Bloom Season: Late spring to early summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's one of the deepest-colored alliums.

  • Blue Allium, Allium caeruleum 2 of 17

    Blue Allium

    It's tough to have a favorite allium, but we think this is one of the best. It offers sky-blue blooms in a 2-inch-wide head and helps bridge the gap between spring bulbs and summer perennials.

    Name: Allium caeruleum

    Bloom Season: Late spring to early summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: For its sky-blue color.

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    Chives

    As useful in the garden as they are in the kitchen, chives offer little purple blooms that taste as delectable as the leaves.

    Name: Allium schoenoprasum

    Bloom Season: Mid to late spring

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall

    Zones: 3-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's cute and tastes great.

  • Golden garlic, Allium moly 4 of 17

    Moly

    To gardeners used to the big purple types, this may not even seem like an allium. A delicate-looking rock-garden species, it offers little clusters of golden-yellow blooms.

    Name: Allium moly

    Bloom Season: Late spring to early summer

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 3-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's highly adaptable and has great color.

  • Allium cristophii or star-of-persia allium 5 of 17

    Cristophii

    An elegant selection, Allium cristophii offers star-shape blooms in silver pink on an 8-inch-wide head. It's especially nice as a dried flower.

    Name: Allium cristophii

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has large heads and a very distinctive look.

  • Allium 'Globemaster' 6 of 17

    Globemaster

    One of the largest selections, 'Globemaster' heads can be bigger than a softball.

    Name: Allium 'Globemaster'

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 feet tall

    Zones: 5-10

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The huge, reddish-purple blooms look great in the garden. They often last longer than other alliums.

  • Allium karataviense 7 of 17

    Karataviense

    This variety offers leaves that look as good as the flowers. It offers pale pink globes to 3 inches across that hang over the lovely gray-green leaves.

    Name: Allium karataviense

    Bloom Season: Late spring to early summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 5-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It has great foliage to go along with the cute flowers.

  • Allium oreophilum 8 of 17

    Oreophilum

    A charming little rock-garden allium, this species offers cute pink blooms in 1-inch-wide heads.

    Name: Allium oreophilum

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's highly adaptable and fits well in nearly any garden because of its dwarf size.

  • Allium triquetrum 9 of 17

    Triquetrum

    An uncommon selection, Allium triquetrum offers nodding clusters of white flowers on golf-ball-sized heads.

    Name: Allium triquetrum

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall

    Zones: 3-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's an uncommon, carefree beauty that's great for naturalizing in borders or woodland gardens.

  • Allium 'Millenium' 10 of 17

    Millennium

    An especially long-blooming selection, 'Millennium' fills the late-summer garden with lavender color. The 2-inch-wide heads float above a mound of glossy green foliage.

    Name: Allium 'Millennium'

    Bloom Season: Late summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 5-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The great performance and long bloom season.

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    Garlic Chives

    Another edible allium for the garden, garlic chives bloom late in the season and produce clusters of white flowers. Note: This can self-seed rapidly, so deadhead it to prevent a host of unwanted seedlings.

    Name: Allium tuberosum

    Bloom Season: Late summer

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's great for cooking with.

  • Drumstick Allium 12 of 17

    Drumstick Allium

    A charming summertime bloomer (it looks great with lilies), drumstick allium produces egg-sized heads in a rich purple color.

    Name: Allium sphaerocephalon

    Bloom Season: Early to midsummer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall

    Zones: 3-10

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a no-brainer to grow and adds great texture to the summer garden.

  • Allium 'Hair' 13 of 17

    Hair

    Love it or hate it, 'Hair' is definitely... unique. It produces a stalk with purple bulbils, each with a set of leaves growing out of them.

    Name: Allium 'Hair'

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a great conversation piece.

  • Allium aflatunense 14 of 17

    Aflatunense

    One of the most common types, this winner offers dense globes to 4 inches wide of pink-purple flowers.

    Name: Allium aflatunense

    Bloom Season: Late spring or early summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a reliable, showy variety. It makes a great focal point in the garden.

  • Allium 'Mount Everest' 15 of 17

    Mount Everest

    As majestic as its namesake, 'Mount Everest' offers big baseball-size heads of shimmering white flowers on tall stems.

    Name: Allium 'Mount Everest'

    Bloom Season: Late spring or early summer

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall

    Zones: 3-8

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: The large white blooms look great in summer.

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    Nectaroscordum

    Though technically not an allium, this close relative is often sold as one. It blooms with bell-shaped flowers offering reddish-purple markings.

    Name: Nectaroscordum siculum

    Bloom Season: Late spring

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 feet tall

    Zones: 5-10

    Native to North America: No

    Why We Love It: It's a highly unique and ornamental selection.

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