May 2012

Affectionately known as Grannies Bonnets and Columbine, Aquilegia are amongst my favourite perennials.
They bridge the gap between spring and summer and their delicate foliage emerges early in the year creating mounds of fresh green that soften the sharp verticals of daffodils or other spring bulbs.

My garden is now full of self-sown hybrids of all shades of pink, white, blue and mauve with as many forms – single, double, and much in-between. The genus has a well-deserved reputation for promiscuity and the plants interbreed freely. Over the years they have naturalised in the borders where they lend their magic to the informal style of planting that I love.

Aquilegias are irresistible to bees and bumble-bees and thrive in dappled shade and woodland settings. Many lovely varieties are available and I guarantee that once you have them in your garden you will be as hooked as I am!

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