Aquilegia ‘Black Barlow’ has blooms of a purple so dark it could be mistaken for black. The fully double flowers have no spurs and we think they resemble mini Dahlias. Unlike most Aquilegias, these tend to face outward, better showing off their beauty. The flowers are complimented by the delightful, lacy foliage.
Aquilegias thrive in light to moderate shade, though with sufficient moisture will grow in full sun. Ideally plant into moist, well drained, humus rich soil.
After the initial flowering has finished, you can cut the stems back to the basal foliage for future blooms. This will have the foliage lovely and lush right up to frost. Leave the last flowers of the season to form seed heads for future generations of plants. Keep in mind seedlings are unlikely to flower true to type as they hybridise easily.
Aquilegias are suitable for growing towards the front of a lightly shaded border, in massed plantings or in large containers.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade