These unusual alliums flower in summer, unlike most other varieties, so they’re definitely something different. Instead of flowering in the familiar globes, they form dense drumstick shaped flowerheads made up dozens of green buds that gradually turn to magenta before opening from the top downwards. Flowering in July and August and with low growing foliage, the drumstick allium’s long, straight flower stems look stunning amongst other summer flowers, and they work well in groups or dotted through borders and is a great eye-catching specimen grow in pots. Recommended by the RHS as a ‘Plant for Pollinators’, the flowers are a favourite with bees and butterflies and they’re ideal for cutting too. Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come. Preferring a sunny location, alliums are not too fussy about soil type and will grow well, naturalising and multiplying over the years. Clumps can be dug up and split every few years to stop them becoming congested. Supplied as 100 bulbs, size 4/5, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height of 90 cm (3 ft) and width of 10 cm (4 in).