I can’t think why it took me so many years to discover what a wonderful plant this is. The first bulbs of Allium christophii -the Star of Persia -were planted last year and they did well in the wet summer. This year they have done equally well. I added more bulbs in my south facing border this year and they are thriving there, blending harmoniously with the white Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
The flowers have a wonderful architectural quality and are such an unusual metallic purple/gun metal blue. There is the added bonus that when the flowers are finished, the seed heads are wonderful for cutting and last all winter as an indoor decoration. A plant of great garden merit, I think, that earns its place in a small or indeed, any sized garden.