Aquilegia spp. (Columbine)
Aquilegia spp. commonly known as Columbine or Granny's Bonnet are a cottage garden favourite and originally a wildflower but their unusual look allows them to be used in any scheme.
They come in a range of colours and shapes. The plants cross between themselves meaning over the years various different flowers emerge. Customers report only planting 3 and in a couple of years having a dozen or more different colours and shapes.
The leaves sit around 4 inches off the ground until the summer when flower spikes rising to approximately 80cm tall (when mature, young plants may flower shorter the first year). They come in a range of colours and shapes including white, pinks, yellow, blues, red, oranges, purples. The options are endless.
They flower spring and summer and have a long flowering season. The seed pods can also be used in a theme as decoration. Should you not want these to multiply simply snip off the seed pods before they turn brown or allow to seed for a beautiful naturalised effect.
Tolerant to moist soils types & growing conditions these can be grown nearly anywhere in beds and containers.
Comes as a healthy plant in 9cm pot ready to plant not yet flowered so lucky dip on colour. Photos show the current options.
Sent in a 9cm pot upon arrival unpack & water if necessary allow a couple of days in cool shade to recover before planting. When planting dig a hole the same size as the pot fill with water and if preferred a pinch of slow release fertiliser (also available to purchase). Soak the pot and remove the plant with all the soil to minimise root disturbance. Place in the hole fill in and firm into place to ensure no air bubbles. Water in and allow to settle. May require further watering during hot weather.