May 12 2014

Allium has seen a peak in popularity in recent years, and it is no wonder with their astonishing geodesic-like forms. These spherical varieties are comprised of tiny star shaped florets, and come in an array of colors, ranging from deep magenta to the rich white shown here. Allium has traditionally been used as a border hedge or as a playful addition to a cutting garden, but we used a field of Allium variety stipitatumMount Everest’ at one of our projects in East Hampton, NY to push the boundaries of the plant’s range. This particular variety blooms later than other spring flora, making it a perfect selection for gardens primarily enjoyed post Memorial Day. Some may scoff at the idea of ornamental onion, and they do emit a slight scent, but we love the dramatic, whimsical flair that the architectural shape adds to the landscape.