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Aquilegia vulgaris 'White Bonnets'

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

One of the best old-fashioned, cottage garden flowers, aquilegias produce bonnet- shaped flowers that will add an informal note to any planting scheme.'White bonnets' is a lovely variety with pale green foliage and creamy-white flowers. It blooms in early summer, and is a useful plant for bridging the gap between late spring bulbs and early summer perennials. Like all aquilegias it will self-seed prolifically, however the resulting seedlings will often differ from their parents. To keep varieties true to type, deadhead by cutting flowered stems off close to ground level shortly after flowering, to prevent self-seeding.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: White Bonnets

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to November


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