But the architectural form of this plant makes it more than a focal point; it provides structure. I love loose, natural and even wild perennials that have a tendency to flop (but not too much, please) and go their own way, but without structure, they can look messy and out of control. Add in a structural element, like this strong-formed allium, and it all starts making sense.
In my garden, above, it’s near the ‘Orangeola’ maple, which in itself provides structure, but to me, it’s the allium that makes the structural statement. (And the bare spots you see are where the rabbits have done their worst.)
And I think you’ll see it does the same elsewhere. You can barely see it in the photo below but I think this garden would be much less successful if it weren’t there.
It’s not the typical kind of plant one associates with structure, but there’s no doubt that’s what it provides. Sometimes you never know what a plant can do for your garden until it’s there.