No, not what you think — not the Bloomin’ Onion appetizer that Outback Steakhouse has made popular, but the type you grow. There are edibles like the onion or garlic we eat and then there are many ornamental types that grace many a garden. Both types are in the Allium family.
They are easy to grow. The foliage looks like most onions and blossoms can vary from globe-type to star-shaped, even cup-shaped or hanging pendant-types called ‘nodding onions’. They like full- to part-sun, and mine do remarkably well in mostly shade. Bonus – they are deer-resistant!
They come as bulbs. Plant in the fall for early- to late-Spring blooming. They are not repetitive bloomers, but make great cutting flowers and dried flowers. Zones 4-9.
Do you have Alliums in your garden? Which types?
There’s an Allium in every size, shape and color. Find one that’s right for your Zone!