I've been thinking about purchasing some alliums to grow in a tough spot...dry with some red clay but have been ammending it yearly. Any advice? I'm wanting to grow the really tall ones, possibly "summer drummer".
Yes, all of those tall aflatuense ones do great in heavier soils. Globemaster, Purple Sensation, Gladiator, etc. There are about a dozen of them in Brent and Becky's bulb catalog. They even self sow so you can have lots in just 3 years-it doesn't take long from seed. May I also recommend trying Eremurus, the foxtail lilly. They get tall, are really spectacular, and need the same things as alliums do.
"I hear you, Lynda, regarding getting out in the garden whenever you can. Sorry to hear you are dealing with some health issues but it looks like you don't let that get in the way of creating beauty in your garden."
"Charlotte, I do feel blessed that my husband shares my passion for gardening. Your harsh climate in Oklahoma does make it especially challenging for you, but I'm guessing it also makes gardening even more rewarding when your efforts pay off."
"Well, you are lucky that your husband enjoys gardening with you. My husband keeps telling me that I'm never finished and he's right; I will continue to add beds because I enjoy lush landscapes. Living in Oklahoma is tough…"