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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - Gardening -

Al­lium (Or­na­men­tal onion) Their lol­lipop blooms al­ways make a state­ment in any border, ris­ing above all else to dis­play mainly pur­ple or white globes of flow­ers. The most ma­jes­tic is the gi­ant A. gi­gan­teum, which grows to 1.2m (4ft) and pro­duces im­pres­sive lilac ball-shaped flow­ers in early sum­mer. The pop­u­lar A. cristophii has a nar­row growth habit which means bulbs can be slot­ted be­tween other plants in the gar­den dur­ing au­tumn. Grow­ing be­tween 30-60cm (1-2ft), they pro­duce round heads 20cm (8in) across on tall stems, packed with starry pur­ple flow­ers, which even­tu­ally fade to green. Al­li­ums will thrive in any well-drained soil in full sun. Clumps should be di­vided in au­tumn ev­ery three years. They look great pop­ping up through or­na­men­tal grasses.

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