Aquilegia are growing and flowering in all parts of my garden at the moment. This Aquilegia canadensis or red columbine hybridises very easily and will self sow if left to its own devices. This Aquilegia Kansas looks very striking in tight groups.
When I saw this photograph of Aquilegia colombine growing with Honeysuckle the significance of the names escaped me. The Honeysuckle will flower a bit later than the Aquilegia which I will cut down after it flowers in the hope of a second flush of flowers later in the year.
The horns of a dilema are shown on this close up of an Aquilegia flower. It pays to take the time to inspect individual flowers as well as the whole plant.
You can acquire or just admire plants as part of a collection
Aquilegia combine well with other plants and the colours of the Rhododendron work well with the shade of this Aquilegia.
Whilst it may not be obvious Aquilegias grow as small alpines 4 inches tall like A. Flabellata and as 3 feet high plants and various sizes in between. A good selection of seeds from many Aquilegia varieties are in the Chiltern Seed catalogue.
The leaves have a pleasing shape and vary in colour from the yellow green above to grey green and dark green.
Give Aquilegia a try in your garden. They grow very easily from seed so poor specimens and colours can be weeded out.
- Aquilegia plants at Thompson & Morgan