Large, fully double, blackberry purple flowers with a flourish of white along the petal edges. These fantastic blooms have real substance.
Aquilegias really are a cottage garden essential with sweet flowers and delightfully lacy foliage. It is hard to show how really amazing they are, you need to try them for yourself.
Aquilegias are an elegant foil for the fading foliage of the spring bulbs, as their new foliage starts growing in early spring when the bulbs are going into senescence.
The Aquilegia are suitable for growing in a lightly shaded to morning sun position. You could plant them in borders, as massed plantings, in beds or in containers.
After the initial flowering has finished, you can cut the stems back to the basal foliage and add some fertiliser to encourage more blooms. You can leave the last flowers of the season to form seed heads for future generations of plants, keeping in mind seedlings are unlikely to flower true to type as Aquilegias hybridise easily.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade