Aquilegia, also known as Columbine or Granny’s Bonnet, is a staple of spring for me in the cutting garden. It has long, strong stems and a gorgeous array of colours from white to dark purple and everything in between. One of the most wonderful things about aquilegia is that they self-seed freely and don’t come true from seed, so each new plant is a surprise.
This seed collection is a mix of everything we have here in the cutting garden, some of which is pictured. Aquilegias are hardy perennials that should flower in their second year. Simply sprinkle a pinch over a tray of seed compost and lightly cover. Keep moist and you’ll have dozens of seedlings before you know it. I transplant them into 9cm pots and then out into the garden when they’re large enough.
Approx 1/2 teaspoon of tiny seeds.