Harvesting seed can add a pretty dimension to the vegetable bed

July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I cannot resist leaving a few alliums go to seed each year, the flower heads are so pretty and they attract plenty of insects.

Alliums like leek, chive, garlic and spring and bunching onions will flower mid to end summer in the UK. Leek and garlic flowers are regularly 80cm to 1m in height and add dimension and interest to the herb, flower and vegetable bed.

And if you think they are pretty just take a look at these!

Allium schubertii, an eastern Mediterranean tumbleweed, reaches 45cm in height:

The Ishikura Bunching onion:

And I cannot recall which cultivar this is (sorry!), its a flowering allium (as in a ‘not planted for eating’ variety):

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