Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' has blooms in 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, the blooms of Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' tend to face outward, better showing off their beauty.
The blooms of Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' have old fashioned appeal. The flowers are complimented by the delightful, lacy foliage. Aquilegias are cottage garden essentials with sweet, nodding flowers and delightfully lacy foliage. Aquilegia's elegant, fern like leaves are a rare blue-green colour and are a beautiful foil for the fading spring flowering bulbs as the fresh foliage starts growing in early spring.
Aquilegias thrive in light to moderate shade, though with sufficient moisture will grow in full sun. Aquilegias should be planted in 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. 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