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.