Aquilegia

Well known Cottage garden plants native to Europe and also known as Columbines. They love sun or partial shade in any half decent soil and tend to be promiscuous in their habits so try to dead-head these plants after flowering to avoid them being overcome by their offspring before time. These are all supplied as growing plants in 9 cm pots, ready to be planted out on receipt. Make allowance for them to reach about 28-36” (70-90cm) tall and plant them about 18” (45cm) apart (probably in association with other spring flowering bulbs). They flower in the early summer and fit in perfectly with the late spring bulbs such as Alliums and dwarf Gladioli as well as the herbaceous Paeonies. The double petalled forms have flowers that are quite clematis like. They all have a long vase life and are unpalatable to deer and rabbits.