Purple Rain was one of the best alliums in the recent RHS Trials at Wisley. It is reliable and fast growing. They prefer to be grown in the sunnier more sheltered parts of the garden that is also free draining. Alliums are superb for bees, butterflies and ther pollinating insects and will naturalise very well in most soils that are well drained. Feed with bone meal or similar during the leaf and flowering stage to ensure future good growth and performance. Will also benefit from using bulb starter when first planting.
Alliums perform very well with early flowering perennials. Alliums will naturalise very well in most well drained soils. This variety will with stand some water logging of the soil. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and plant bulbs with the pointy bit facing upwards. Bulbs should be planted as per the growing information shown below.
Feed bulbs with bone meal or similar during the flowering period to ensure they remain health for years to come. Plant in areas that are not exposed to the worst of the elements and in soils that have not been freshly manured. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal.
Keep well fed during the growing season and if possible mulch borders with well rotted manure or compost over the winter.
Flowering Height: 30-36″ (75-90cm)
Flowering period: May – June
Soil type: All soils that are free draining. Particularly likes humus rich soils.
Aspect: Sheltered site in semi shade to full sun, a strong grower.
Scented: No significant scent.
Planting Depth: 15cms
Spacing: 20cms apart.
Our tip: Can be used for Cut Flower and dry flower arrangements.
Full growing instructions provided
Bulbs will be dispatched from September on-wards.