May 18, 2012

Published 05/28 2012 04:43AM

Updated 05/28 2012 04:45AM

Add color and drama to your garden beds spring through fall with flowering onions, also known as allium.

Most gardeners know chives.  The leaves and flower of this culinary favorite add flavor and color to your salads and baked potatoes.

Hairy alliums unique and subtle flowers complement this garden art and combine nicely with many perennials.

The shorter Turkestan allium provides late spring flowers, bold foliage and attractive seedheads. Plus it marks the spot for the late emerging hibiscus.

The large individual flower of the Mediterranean bells on the 3-foot stem makes this allium a stand out in the garden.

And walking onions are a fun edible allium.  The mature sets atop the flower stems drop to the ground - planting next years crop.

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