May 22nd, 2015

The Dr. Seuss of Flowers

Allium 'Ambassador' photo by Heather Veneziano

Ornamental onions like Allium ‘Ambassador’ are great late-spring to early-summer flowers.   Both kids and adults love them, and we often hear visitors say they look like “Dr. Seuss flowers.”   There are many different types and sizes of ornamental onions — white, yellow, lilac, and blue. So if you plant a variety of colors and sizes, your garden might look even more like a real-life version of a Dr. Seuss book.

We plant our Allium bulbs in the fall, at the same time as daffodils and tulips. They really like well-drained soil, so we keep that in mind when we choose where to plant them.  Best of all: the blooms last for weeks and after the bloom fades, even the seed head is beautiful.

Come by and see these beautiful flowers — right now they are in full bloom the Children’s Garden.

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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