Granny’s bonnet

A quintessential cottage garden plant which if you are lucky seeds around and produces lots of interesting offspring. Cultivars grown in isolation generally come true from seed but for a true cottage garden mix them all up!

I love it and use it in many schemes, most recently Aquilegia ‘Ruby Port’ and A. ‘Blue Barlow’ with grasses and tulips followed by Campanula glomerata ‘Superba’ and Knautia Macedonia – a contemporary border and very lovely.

I have a weakness for the Barlow sisters, particularly Nora; the tightly furled petals are mouth-watering, or for a truly elegant aquilegia then A. longissima is for you , she is a beautiful yellow flower with extraordinary spurs – very graceful.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Nivea’ is also a favourite a pure white plant which is very good at brightening up a shady spot. All of this without forgetting the lovely foliage and that she flowers through April into May flowering during that potentially awkward transition from spring into summer.

aquilegias

Aquilegias en masse

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