Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

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Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium plants are garden flowers that deter foraging deer and rodents. Ornamental onion plants are drought tolerant, a necessary asset in today’s flower gardens.

Allium species include chive, garlic and onion plants. They are used as ornamental flowers or herb plants and are excellent deer and rodent resistant.

Mix ornamental onion plants with other bulbs, like tulips, or in late spring gardens. To distract deer and rodents away from favored plants, gardeners will grow short Allium at the edges of a garden bed.

Drought Tolerant Xeriscape Plant

At the same time, Allium is a drought tolerant plant. For flower gardens in USDA zones 3 – 9 there are many varieties from which to choose.

Alliums are susceptible to root rot when planted in clay soil not amended with organic matter. The water wise characteristics of a xeriscape garden make it an excellent place to plant allium.

Allium Species and Cultivars

Here is of a list of ideas, using alliums:

#1. Allium aflatunense

Allium aflatunense | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium aflatunense is hardy zones 4 –7. The plant is 3’ tall with a darker than expected purple flower, blooming late spring. Look for ‘Purple Sensation.’

#2. Allium ’Atropurpureum’

Allium Atropurpureum | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium ’Atropurpureum’ hardy in zones 4-9. This allium plant blooms late spring to early summer on 2-3’ high stems with a spread of 10.” The flowers open with reddish wine color but gradually darken to purplish black with age.

#3. Allium ‘Gladiator’

Allium Gladiator | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium ‘Gladiator’ hardy from zones 4-9 reaches 40-50” tall. They bloom late spring to early summer and have a 6” diameter violet blue flower.

#4. Allium ’Globemaster’

Allium Globemaster | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium ’Globemaster’ is shorter growing 35-40” tall, blooming in early summer. This flower is fragrant. ‘Globemaster’ is hardy from zones 4-8.

#5. Allium karataviense ‘Ivory Queen’

Allium karataviense | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium karataviense ‘Ivory Queen’ hardy in zones 4-8. This short plant has broadly ovate blue gray leaves, approximately 3-4” wide and 6-10” long.

The flowers are fragrant pale lavender 6” round clusters and bloom late spring to early summer.

#6. Allium ’Summer Beauty’

Allium Summer Beauty | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium ’Summer Beauty’ hardy from zones 4-9. The plant is 18-20” tall and 8” wide. The shiny dark green narrow leaves turn yellow in fall.

This allium blooms late June to July with purple lavender flowers. After the flowers are spent the reddish brown stems last into winter.

#7. Allium ‘Mongolian Gem’

Allium Mongolian Gem | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium ‘Mongolian Gem’ tolerates slightly colder climates, hardy in zones 3-7. The lavender pink flowers bloom in late summer.

The plant is 18″ tall and 6-8″ wide with bluish green strap-like foliage, which turns a yellow bronze in fall.

#8. Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium schubertii has pink star shaped flowers on a plant 12-16” tall. It is hardy in zones 3-9. The dried flower stems provide winter interest.

#9. Allium caeruleum, Azure allium

Allium caeruleum | Alliums Deer Resistant Garden Flowers: Drought Tolerant Ornamental Onion Plants Deter Small Rodents

Allium caeruleum, Azure allium has grass-like leaves with cornflower colored blooms. The plant grows to 18 – 24“ tall and flowers are 1-1/2” in diameter. Mix with other xeriscape plants.

Where to Grow Ornamental Onion Plants

Ornamental onion plants like full sun but will tolerate part shade and have no insect or disease issues. Alliums come in several heights and bloom sizes.

Very tall Alliums like ‘Globemaster’ or ‘Gladiator’ are grown for their extra large flowers. These are the flowers songbirds will sit on. In colder climates the leaves can be nipped by unexpected spring frosts.

Gardeners use evergreen boughs as a quick cover to protect them or hide their unsightly damaged leaves with early summer blooming plants such as daylilies, iris, roses and coreopsis.

Allium ‘Ivory Queen,’ with their wide shaped leaves, and other short ornamental onion plants are excellent for rock gardens and containers. The A. ‘Mongolian Gem’ and A. ‘Summer Beauty’ are smaller, fuller plants that remind gardeners of flowering chives. Alliumflower gardens will attract butterflies and birds.

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