Allium ‘Gladiator’

Family: Alliaceae

If you’re looking to grow plants for bees and butterflies, you might be interested in this Allium.  ‘Gladiator’ attracts a wide range of bees and pollinating insects – I am certain that this plant will fulfil your requirements and may even surpass your expectations!

‘Gladiator’ Alliums produce tall stems that reach up to around 1.2m (4ft) tall.  Each stem holds one spherical inflorescence that’s formed from hundreds of small star-shaped amethyst flowers.  These are wonderful plants to take a closer look at – the flowers are mesmerising!

My ‘Gladiator’ Allium plants bloom in May and June but these Alliums’ fantastic seed heads provide additional interest throughout summer and autumn months, too.  There’s no need to provide any stakes or supports for Alliums; these plants are self-supporting, drought tolerant, and very easy to grow – just plant them and enjoy them.

Order ‘Gladiator’ Alliums when the bulbs first become available in summer or early autumn.  Choose top sized bulbs that are firm, free from mould, and in good condition.  Plant your Allium bulbs as soon as possible after purchase.  These Alliums will be happy growing in any moist but well-drained soil.  However, if your soil tends to be waterlogged or boggy over winter, all is not lost, as you can grow Allium ‘Gladiator’ in containers filled with peat-free compost.

I garden on very sandy, free-draining soil; I can tell you that this Allium positively thrives in my garden!  I’ve found that ‘Gladiator’ Alliums don’t require any extra watering.  When planting these bulbs, choose a bright and sunny position, as ‘Gladiator’ flourishes in the sunshine; although if your garden is partially shaded you can get away with planting Alliums in light shade, but choose the brightest area you can offer.  I’ve grown Allium ‘Gladiator’ in containers filled with peat-free compost, as well as in my garden beds and borders.

I haven’t been able to detect any perfume from my Allium ‘Gladiator’ flowers.  However, there are many benefits to growing this Allium cultivar: the flowers are tall, robust and long-lasting, and they’re a magnet for bees.

The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Allium ‘Gladiator’ with a prestigious Award of Garden Merit to recognise this cultivar’s reliability and performance in regular garden conditions.

My Allium ‘Gladiator’ bulbs were sent to me by Dutch Grown.

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