Allium Serendipity - Planted in Driveway Bed - July 2021

Last year, I planted a couple of drifts of Allium angulosum 'Summer Beauty' and I've been really happy with them in our backyard.  I posted recently a look at both sets here.  Over the course of the past few months, I've been looking at them and reading about various hybrids including Millenium.  I think it was on YouTube where someone introduced me to Allium 'Serendipity' and called it "strap-y".  That descriptor stuck with me, so when I came across a trio of these on a big discount this Summer, I plop'd them in my cart and brought them home.  3 for $9.99 for 1# perennials is my love language.

I put the three in different, various spots in the backyard and left them there to consider.  Each place I wasn't happy.  They'd work there.  But they weren't right.  I tried maybe four of five spots to place this cluster of three.  The tag lists this as 'FULL Sun/part Shade', so it gave me more options than I normally have with our backyard being mostly shade.  That idea of being tolerant of full sun meant that I could put it on our front yard.  

It differs a bit from 'Summer Beauty' and the info in this Walter's Garden post leads me to believe it is a cultivar based on 'Millenium' Allium.  From Walter's Garden:

The word "serendipity" means an unexpected occurrence, and what a fitting name for this sport of the popular 'Millenium'! The sport shares all of the qualities that made 'Millenium' great, but with attractive blue foliage. Globe-like, rosy-purple flowers match the parent and are produced profusely in mid to late summer. When crushed, the leaves will emit a smell of onion.

I planted five of these Coral Bells (Dolche Cherry) last year around some All Gold Japanese Forest Grasses in a new bed next to our driveway.  None of those Coral Bells seems to have made it.  A few were trampled by construction, the others suffered from drought-related stress.  My thought was to add these three Serendipity Alliums to the bed to provide a little bit of steady and darker-green foliage to contrast the All Gold grasses.

Here, below, is one of the pots.  These seemed to have already bloomed - which is early.  Indicates a little bit of stress at the nursery, I think?




I dug three *good* holes - arranged in a row - in front of the grasses and plunked them in.  They're kind of diagonally-oriented back from the front right to further-back as you go left.  The bed you see below has a lot of space for things to grow (including these Allium) and I'm planning on tucking in some sedges this Fall.


I had plans to plant a bunch of annuals along the driveway, but I didn't get around to it just yet.  With the Summer heat here, I'm thinking it is something that will have to wait until next year.  If I plant now, they'll just dry out and die if I take my eyes off of them for more than a couple of days.

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