Charming, old-fashioned cottage garden plant with bonnet-shaped flowers, often two-tone and with long graceful spurs. Flowering in early summer, aquilegias fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer flowers. Self-sown aquilegias look charming naturalised amongst shrubs and roses. However, the plants interbreed freely and seedlings rarely resemble the parents. To keep chosen varieties pure, prevent self-seeding by deadheading shortly after flowering.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: May to June
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