One of my favourite parts of the garden season is mid-May when the columbines (Aquilegia spp.) come into bloom.I've been cultivating these gorgeous flowers for years and through cross-pollination and selection, have slowly assembled a diverse array of stunning forms that I would like to share.
Aquilegia are charming, graceful, meadow flowers that dance and sway in the breeze on long, thin stems. They are a diverse group of perennials that come in a wide range of forms, colours, and flower shapes. I tend towards those that have interesting, blue/green foliage and my flower preference occupies opposite ends of the spectrum with over-the-top double forms and simple, elegant natives. Colour-wise I love blackberry, raspberry, and white flowers and have selected for hints of green and ripple-like splashes of colour.
They are generally very profuse self-seeders and are very easy plants to grow. The toughest of the bunch will succeed in surprisingly shady and sunny locations. In the early years I babied them in more protected portions of my garden, but quickly found that they spread wherever they wanted, including the sunniest and driest portions of my garden. Their hardiness is not to be undermined.
You will receive a mix of seed from my garden and since they have been cross-pollinating for years, there's always something new and different to discover. Please note that I can not guarantee which of those depicted will show up in the seed I send you, although that's half the fun!
Special Notes: Self-seeding perennial that will produce flowers in the second season. Hardy zones 3-9. Will tolerate a range of conditions from partial sun to full sun in cooler climates. Prefers moist, well-draining soil. Approximately 100-200 seeds.
Seed Starting and Growing: Seedlings do not like to be transplanted, so your best bet is to direct sow outdoors in the fall or late winter/early spring. Seeds require 2-3 weeks of cold stratification to germinate, so if you do start indoors, I suggest sowing into a pot and placing in the fridge or outdoors in a protected spot. Germination is slow, up to 3 months! This is why direct sowing outside is much less of a no-brainer.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown, harvested, and processed by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.