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Aquilegia Spring Magic Blue and White


Columbine, Granny's bonnet

A beautiful addition to a cottage garden

A classic cottage garden plant this stunning variety features contrasting blue and white flowers with bright yellow stamens. Flowers stems reach up and hang delicately suspended above other border plants from mid-spring. While the plants are not hardy they readily cross-pollinate and seed resulting in new colourful flowers springing up throughout the garden for many years.


Perfect for a cottage or wildlife style garden or mixed perennial herbaceous border. Tolerant of most conditions it performs best in damp, shady conditions.


Keep well watered after planting out. If self seeded plants in subsequent years are not desired remove flowers before seeds are set.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 35 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Rock garden

Typically available

From April to September