- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Flower colour: violet-blue
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Charming bonnet-like flowers with hooked spurs, nod gracefully from the branching, upright stems in late spring and early summer. The lush green foliage is ferny and forms pretty mounds that add a light texture to the planting scheme. These charming columbines are easy to grow and are useful for herbaceous borders and cottage gardens as well as more naturalised planting schemes including prairies. They will usually self-seed freely, but they are quite promiscuous plants that hybridise freely. Therefore if there are other aquilegias in your garden, it is possible that the next generation of plants will vary from their parent plants.
- Garden care: In autumn, surface-sow on moist compost in small pots or seed trays and keep them in a greenhouse or cold frame at 15 to 20°C. Germination can be slow (up to 3 months) but seedlings should be thinned out as they grow on and over-wintered under glass before planting out after hardening off in spring. Alternatively, spring sowing can be undertaken as before, often without the need for heat.
- Sow: March - June or September - October
- Flowering: May - June
- Approximate quantity: 100 seeds
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These cottage garden essentials take their name from Aquila, Latin for eagle, because the nectar-rich spurs at the back of the flower resemble eagle's talons. Their other common name, columbine, is also related to a bird. If you turn the flowers upside dRead full article