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Another Reason to Love Ornamental Alliums: Seed Heads!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 17, 2017
The big, round flower heads of ornamental alliums are irresistible — at least they are to me. My gardens now contain about a dozen different types, yet still I crave more. There’s just something so unexpected and playful about them. These hardy and reliable perennials are also long-blooming, pollinator-friendly and seemingly immune to diseases and pests, including deer.
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Topics: Alliums , Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Bloom Time Chart for Allium Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 22, 2016
If you’re one of the many gardeners who have fallen in love with alliums, our new bloom time chart could get you into some trouble. We have organized the 12 most popular alliums by height, flower size and bloom time, so it’s easy to see at a glance which types of alliums you have and which ones you
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Topics: Alliums , Garden Design

How to Use Alliums in a Naturalistic Garden Design

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 15, 2016
There’s nothing subtle about alliums. Their round flower heads and slender, leafless stems make them look like exclamation points in the landscape. Though alliums have big personalities, these spring-blooming bulbs are incredibly versatile. The following garden design was created by Columbus-based garden designer Nick McCullough, and it shows how effectively
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Topics: Alliums

Love Alliums? See How a Garden Designer Puts Them to Work

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 14, 2016
Alliums are a great way to add color and excitement to your early summer flower garden. These big-blooming perennials are incredibly easy to grow, yet many people are unsure about how to integrate them into a garden design. To get you inspired about growing alliums, we turned to Nick McCullough, an award-winning APLD-certified garden designer. Nick
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Topics: Alliums , Garden Design , Inspiration , Perennials

Celebrating Spring Bulbs – From Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 07, 2016
One of the best things about spring-flowering bulbs is how quickly they come into bloom. At the first sign of warmer weather, they practically leap from the ground and burst into flower.  Spring bulbs are uniquely adapted to being the first flowers on the scene. Their buds aren’t bothered by freezing temperatures and are able
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

Pick Your Favorite Alliums and Pin It to Win It!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 16, 2015
If you haven’t already ordered your allium bulbs, now’s the time! Like tulips and daffodils, ornamental alliums are planted in the fall for flowers next spring and early summer. Which alliums are you planting this fall? Many people don’t realize that there are more than a dozen different types of ornamental alliums. Some, like Globemaster (shown
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Plant Ornamental Allium Bulbs Now for Flowers Next Spring

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 03, 2015
Alliums may be the easiest plants you’ll ever grow. The only tricky thing about them is remembering that they need to be planted in the fall, at the same time as tulips and daffodils. If you haven’t already ordered allium bulbs, do it now so you won’t run the risk of forgetting to get them
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Habitat Gardens , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Are You Ready to Enjoy an AMAZING Bulb Garden Next Spring?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Aug 12, 2015
Fall is for planting and our new Around the House Inspiration Book is filled with creative planting ideas for every location around your home! It’s available now as a free download — and here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside: 
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Muscari , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

6 Reasons Your Flower Garden Needs Alliums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 29, 2015
Tulip season may be drawing to a close, but I can always count on alliums to grab the baton and lead my garden right into summer. Here are a few of the many reasons I’m a big fan of ornamental alliums: 1.  Bloom time. Most alliums flower during that inbetween time when it’s no longer
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Flowers

Allium – Fireworks in the Garden and In Your Home

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Jul 03, 2014
This spring I was able to enjoy a stunning display of alliums in my garden. These late spring bloomers were the grand finale in a spectacular spring flower show.
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Topics: Alliums , Fireworks , Home Decor

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Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.