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.
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?