A stunning sight, ‘Red Giant’ is quite unlike any other allium. With its relatives renowned for their tall, stiff stems that carry flowers high above the low growing foliage, this incredible variety does the exact opposite!
In May and June, the flowerhead emerges and erupts into a globe, 12 cm (5 in) in diameter, made up of dozens or small, reddish purple flowers sitting just above the broad, arching green foliage. Bees and butterflies adore ‘Red Giant’ just as much as any other allium.
An ideal and unusual plant for growing at the front of borders, it also works extremely well when planted in groups in containers, having a very architectural look when in flower. Even though the stems are short, the flowers still look great indoors and in bouquets, whether fresh or dried, and they add winter interest, and an insect habitat, if left on the plant over the winter.
Alliums aren’t fussy about soil type but do prefer a sunny location. They will naturalise easily, multiplying over the years. Clumps can be dug up and split every few years, which will stop them becoming congested.
Supplied as 9 bulbs, size 12/14, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height and spread of 25 cm (10 in).
Planting Advice for Alliums