And Now, the Onion Patch
Remember that song, “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in the Onion Patch”? That Judy said everybody knew? Well, I asked people at my office and not a single one had heard of it, though they did think it was pretty catchy. Be that as it may, let me now tell you about our onion patch.
Actually, we’re talking just about the summer onion patch – in May we have a different patch (patches, actually) made up of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ and ‘Globemaster’. In July and August, however, we’ve got another two species blooming.
The first to bloom is A. lusitanicum ‘Summer Beauty’. This European native has really nice foliage – upright, grassy, and deep green.
The flowers are like lavender-colored puff balls. They look reall good in drifts.
I first saw this Allium planted in masses at the Lurie Garden. I immediately knew I had to have some. Fortunately, in the last couple of years it has become much easier to find at garden centers.
Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum) starts blooming after ‘Summer Beauty’ has peaked, which works out nicely. This is a native North American wildflower. The foliage is more lax, and the lavender-pink or white flowers are not as full as ‘Summer Beauty’. However, I think it’s still a very attractive plant.
Both of these Alliums are incredibly popular with pollinators. Give them sun and well-drained soil and they will thrive with minimal attention.
That’s all for now.