Growing guide

How to grow aquilegias

A generally easy-to-grow cottage garden favourite, with a few species that are best suited to rock and woodland gardens. Columbines bear dainty flowers in a wide colour range in late spring and early summer (May/June).

Quick facts

  • Thrives in rich, moist but free draining soil (not too wet or too dry)
  • Flowers late spring to early summer (May/June)
  • Buy plants in spring
  • Raise plants from seed yourself in summer
  • Plant in a sunny or semi-shaded spot
  • Cut back plants after flowering to stop self-seeding and freshen up foliage
  • Excellent nectar plant for pollinators such as bumblebees

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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