Give late spring a bounce with these large, 6-8in, snow-white balls filled with hundreds of black-eyed florets. 'White Giant' keeps its glossy, strap-shaped foliage until flowering is over. Pure garden architecture and fantastic in arrangements.
The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") offers colorful, distinctive, and long-lasting forms that are standouts in the early-summer garden. Alliums are sun-lovers and prefer well-drained, even sandy, soil. Deer, mice, chipmunks, and related predators generally avoid this group, so you can plant with impunity. Tuck them among clumps of summer-flowering perennials where the Allium's withering foliage will be hidden by the expanding perennials.