|Regular Chives, Allium schoenoprasum|
In case you had ever thought about growing onion relatives for purely ornamental value (I'm sure this would greatly confuse my Mennonite ancestors), there are several varieties that are quite attention-grabbing and deserve to be planted in more gardens. Our northern garden is limited to only a few types. I tried some of the smaller ones (e.g. Allium moly luteum), but they got lost among all the larger perennials.
|Allium "Purple Sensation" blooming June 21, 2012|
Bees and butterflies are attracted to Alliums, but rodents and deer are said to be repelled. However, we haven't really had any deer or rodent problems here, so I can't attest to that quality.
The key to growing any of these ornamental alliums is to have some plants in front of them that will grow to hide the dying foliage. The foliage is already dying as the plant gets into full bloom. I have planted some annuals in front of mine.
|Allium "Purple Sensation" flower head|
|Allium "Purple Sensation" and some fine weather|