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Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ (Summer Beauty Flowering Onion)

Add a bit of color and form to your summer garden with Allium ‘Summer Beauty’.  This flowering onion puts on its show during the heat of the mid-summer after most alliums have finished blooming.

Grow this 16 to 20” tall allium in full sun or light shade in well-drained soils.  The 2” globe-shaped lavender-pink flowers top the strappy bright green foliage for weeks.

This drought and heat tolerant allium is hardy in zones 4 to 9, long lived and basically pest-free.  The sterile flowers prevent reseeding throughout the landscape and make this flower easy to blend with perennials or for use in mixed borders.

Enjoy the flowers and the butterflies they attract in your garden or harvest a few to enjoy in a vase indoors.  Plus, the reddish stems and yellow fall color provide a nice addition to the fall garden.  And leave the dried flowers intact for a bit of winter -interest in the garden.

A bit more information: Chives is an edible member of this group.  The leaves and flowers are edible.  The purple globe shape flowers add color to your garden as well as your salads and baked potatoes.  Try growing these in containers or mixed with your perennials and herbs.  Just watch for wayward seedlings that may need control.

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