ALLIUM: The purple globe flower atop a long single stem is allium, Latin for garlic and a member of the onion family. Allium are adored by bees and other pollinators and seldom affected by disease. They require full sun. Allium are planted in autumn and return each year, blooming in May and early June. After the flower fades, the foliage withers but the seed head remains for months and can be sprayed red or blue for July 4th without damaging the plant.
The wide use of alliums as ornamental plants gained favor about the middle of the 19th century. Ancient Egyptians regarded the spherical bulb as a symbol of the universe.
HOSTA: The blue-green leaves of HOSTA add to the beauty of this planting.