One way to get some colour into your garden even if you aren’t terribly skilled is with bulbs. They are almost magical. You just dig a hole the right depth and plant your bulb. Then some weeks or months later your plant comes up and you have a lovely display – I find them very easy and quite forgiving. I often find plants that are grown from bulbs are often either more showy or pack more colour in their punch, in any case they stand out in your garden and are likely to become firm favourites.
I already have a few alliums in my flower bed and they are firm favourites of mine, so when Sutton Seeds asked me to try out some of their summer bulbs, I chose these gorgeous Mont Blanc alliums. Mont Blanc boasts deep green, strappy leaves and large, dense, spherical heads of pure white blooms. It’s these large flower heads that made me pick them out. My current purple alliums are a bit small and I wanted something with more impact. The bulbs I received are good, firm, full bulbs that I expect to do very well – I’m pleased with the quality. As they flower in May-June I haven’t been able to try these in my garden yet, but I’ll be planting them up soon so that I have a good display next year. They should grow to a height 90-120cm which is quite tall, so consider where you want them in the border. All bulbs from Sutton Seeds are sourced from cultivated stocks as you’d expect. After the flowers have faded you can still get a lot of enjoyment from the seed heads. I’d recommend cutting them and using them as a display inside the house – a few in a vase would create a lovely effect.