Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' Granny's Bonnet
Intensely coloured violet blue sepals that provide a vibrant contrast to the yellow stamens form slightly nodding or outward-facing flowers on stiff upright stems. It looks very effective when planted next to silver foliage and the flowers will last well in cut arrangements.
Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don't like having their roots disturbed.
These are proven in the garden as tough, long-lasting plants requiring little maintenance.
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: June
Flower colour: violet-blue
Other features: excellent cut flowers; mounds of fern-like, mid green leaves
Hardiness: fully hardy
Plants are grown in a 2 litre pot