These cute blooms are like little purple petticoats. Deep, violet blue, double flowers with a touch of white at the petal tips. The petal reverse is purple with a white shadow. The fully double flowers have no spurs and we think they resemble mini Dahlias. Unlike most Aquilegias, the blooms of Aquilegia ‘Christa 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 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 tolerate full sun. Aquilegias should be planted in moist, well drained humus rich soil.
After the initial flowering has finished, cut the stems back to the basal foliage for future blooms. 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