Unique and but just as spectacular as our Alliums, Fritillaria will bring something a little bit different to your spring garden. Their elegant 'snakeskin' bell-shaped blooms will bloom from April every year.
Alliums produce tall, thin single flower stems, ending in explosions of flowers, made up of hundreds of tiny florets and petals, in a range of blue, purple, lilac and whites - each with different sized heads and styles. From bonkers random to perfect symmetry, Allium flowers are also easy to dry and use as permanent decoration too. Just cut them when they have gone over in the garden, hang upside done for a few Months to dry out, then spray them gold, silver or glitter for fab natural Christmas decoration. Try 'Globemaster' or the new 'Modern Art' as two recommended varieties.
Fritillaries on the other hand are usually more subtle, with deeper and richer colours - except for the bold and brash 'Crown Imperial', it's unique orange whorls of flowers a wonder to behold. The classic naturalising Snakeshead Fritillary, with it's iconic checker-board purple petals, is a real gem for every garden too.
If you are looking for something easy and different - to come back every year - Allium and Fritillary bulbs are the number one choice