Anyways, they have fully performed in shade and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend trying this if you're lacking a tall, dramatic perennial for those shadier spots. Like the photo below, I have underplanted my grouping with a swath of variegated green-yellow hostas. You'll want to do something similar since Allium's foliage is a little ratty looking at the base.
I read somewhere recently that sometimes, people will even spray paint the flowerheads after the color has faded, since the strong stems will hold all summer. Maybe tacky, but I think I'll test this with one when that beautiful purple has faded and see if it's worth doing!
Thanks to my success with 'Purple Sensation', in Fall I will have 3 new varieties added to my bulb order.
|Allium 'Summer Drummer' - prized for its interesting purple stems|
|Allium atropurpureum - love the intense dark burgundy colour|
|Allium 'Silverspring' - A smaller flowerhead at 4'', but licorice scented!|
*Last 3 photos from Botanus - a mail-order nursery out of Richmond, BC that I highly recommend!