Sarah's Top 10 Alliums

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    Allium 'Globemaster'
    Allium 'Globemaster'

    Starting at £4.35

    This spectacular giant mauve globe allium follows on from Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' in its flowering season, genuinely getting bigger and...

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    Allium 'Silverspring'
    Allium 'Silverspring'

    Starting at £3.88

    I've been on the lookout for a white allium for years, but all the ones I've grown seemed a bit murky and grey to me. Until this one – Allium 'Silverspring'...

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    Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'
    Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'

    Starting at £6.95

    The best all round garden and flower arranging allium. 'Purple Sensation' starts to flower after the tulips in mid-May. I'll pick flowers and then beautiful...

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    Allium sphaerocephalon
    Allium sphaerocephalon

    Starting at £1.18

    Allium sphaerocephalon is a small-headed rich, blackcurrant allium that is later-flowering than most and invaluable for that. I love it in bud, as much...

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    Parham Allium Collection
    Parham Allium Collection

    Starting at £3.58

    My three new-found favourite alliums. You must not miss 'Spider', a huge, rich coloured firework display (even more so that 'Schubertii'), balanced by...

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    Allium Collection
    Allium Collection

    Starting at £12.50

    There are no better value alliums than these two – one in deep, rich purple, the other a more smoky mauve. Mix them up together in the garden and...

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    Allium cristophii
    Allium cristophii

    Starting at £7.50

    Also known as Star of Persia this is the classic, huge-headed sparkler allium, with seed heads almost as good as the flowers. It's hard to beat on value...

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    Allium for Grass Collection
    Allium for Grass Collection

    £28.95

    I think many of us like the idea of alliums in long grass – as you might see in the wild on a Cretan hillside. All these flower reliably in turf...

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    Allium schubertii
    Allium schubertii

    Starting at £5.50

    This is the firework allium par excellence, with vast wonderful dark pink, spiky flowers. My eccentric and showy favourite while flowering and when dried....

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    Border Allium Collection
    Border Allium Collection

    Starting at £32.50

    An outstanding trio in Parham House's allium trial in 2016. These will give you impressive stature and beautiful colour through early summer; 'Beau Regard'...