Aquilegia and Anemanthele - plant combination

Aquilegia & Anemanthele plant combination

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Buy Aquilegia and Anemanthele - plant combination Aquilegia & Anemanthele plant combination: A great combination for prairie or naturalised planting

Some of the plants in this collection will die right back in autumn, then fresh new growth will appear again in spring.


  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing

    In this collection you will receive 3 plants of each of the following, all in 9cm pots. This will be sufficient to cover an area measuring approximately 3 x 1m.

  • Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata Ruby Port A popular plant among garden designers, this lovely grannys bonnet has beautiful, fully double, spur-less burgundy flowers in late spring above ferny green leaves. The rich, deep red flowers look particularly lovely with fountainous grasses or with traditional cottage garden flowers. This plant is happiest in soil that retains moisture over the summer. It is quite short-lived, but self-seeds freely, though it rarely becomes a nuisance.

  • Anemanthele lessoniana One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses, this will thrive in sun or shade, and glows shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name, Pheasant’s Tail Grass. It has a soft, arching habit, so plant it among shrubs for textural contrast, or in a mixed or herbaceous border.

  • Garden care: In spring, tease out dead foliage of the Anemanthele by gently running your fingers through it as if it were hair. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish.

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