A recent newsletter from Gardener's Supply Company focuses on Fall crops and flowers for your garden. One surefire winner, according to the Gardener's experts, is allium. The allium family includes 700 varieties of onions, shallots, garlic, and ornamentals. It can only be planted in the Fall, so order bulbs now so you're interested in getting them in the ground.
Allium is a perfect plant for the not-so-green-thumbed gardener, or for anyone that's looking for a low-maintenance addition to their flower bed. Here are five great reasons to include it in your garden.
- As long as the soil has good drainage, allium will grow in it, no matter what the soil type.
- Deer and other garden pests will leave allium alone, since they seem to turn up their noses at the taste of onions, even if they're just ornamental ones.
- Looking for a water-thrifty plant type? Then try allium. They're drought-tolerant and will thrive under drier conditions.
- Allium aren't plagued by serious diseases or insect pests.
- You can basically leave them be, as they reproduce naturally.
Do you have any ornamental allium growing in your garden or flower bed? Check out Gardener's newsletter for more details on this great plant!
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