In Praise of Drumstick Allium (plant in fall, enjoy in June)

I must admit I first discovered Drumstick Allium when I could not find any other allium bulb to was late fall and I had waited too long to buy the popular Globemaster Alliums...

What to DO? I bought the Drumsticks and was thrilled at the result.

These purplish - red blooms are small - 1" -and oval shaped.  They bloom in my part of the world in June atop wiry 24" - 30" tall stems and wave in the breeze...and they make a superb cut flower (which you can dry to be an 'everlasting').

 Drumstick Allium bouquet - Martha Stewart Photo
Drumstick Alliums look fantastic tucked in the early summer flower border...You can add these small bulbs easily in the fall around clumps of established perennials such as Artemesia, Yarrow, Nepeta and Agastache. They peek out around these plants and are a delightful addition that come back every year!

Artemesia Powis Castle - Great with Drumstick Alliums - Great deer resistant Combo!

White Flower Farm sells Drumstick Allium bulbs with Paprika Achillea (Yarrow). What a colorful combination which, yes, is DEER RESISTANT...

its Apple-red blooms stands above lovely ferny foliage. 'Achillea' is named for Achilles, who supposedly learned of Yarrow's medicinal qualities from his mentor, Chiron the Centaur, and used it to treat his men's wounds on the battlefield.

White Flower Farm Photo - deer resistant Drumstick Allium and Paprika Achillea

And don't forget 'Cotton Candy' Agastache - or Hummingbird Mint  - with Drumstick Allium. The website Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel recommends this combination with this fantastic photo:

HYSSOP 'COTTON CANDY' with Drumstick Allium -deer resistant

Cotton Candy Hyssop (Agastache) is a vigorous, compact grower that  blooms non-stop from midsummer through fall. The dense flower spikes have light pink flowers. It grows to about 24" tall. Agastache attract hummingbirds.

close up of Cotton Candy Agastache
So do not overlook the Drumstick Allium - just make sure you plant in a sunny, well drained location...

and don't worry about the deer and rabbits...YAY!


  1. I keep seeing the words deer resistant in this post. So you're telling me there's hope! The deer have pounded all my plants, year after year. And I love them! And they love me because I feed them apples during the winter. I just wish they would stop eating my once beautiful hostas. It's like they have no standards. And then you're telling me the rabbits will stay away too! Yay is just the right word.

    1. Laura, Hello! You feed them apples? oh my....
      The deer have the run of the place where I live too so everyone plants deer resistant ferns, grasses and yes...allium. The quest for deer resistant planting combos is a full time endeavor here.

  2. The allium look lovely

    All the best Jan


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