In season: aquilegia

Add height and panache to garden borders with a range of Aquilegias. Many flowers are described as cottage garden classics, but few have as solid a claim to this status as Aquilegia vulgaris, or columbine or Granny’s bonnet as it is variously known.

Recorded growing in domestic garden settings in writings such as John Gerard’s Herball (1595), and in art, A. vulgaris is our native columbine, but there are in fact 80 species of this herbaceous perennial. They are usually found growing at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

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