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Aquilegia Collection

Named after Nora Barlow, Charles Darwin's granddaughter, who become one of the first Darwinain scholars, researching her grandfather's life and discoveries, the common name Columbine actually comes from the Latin for Dove, 'Columba'.
Double blooms nod in the breeze above layered petticoats of lacy grey green foliage throughout spring and summer. Despite their delicate appearance they are tough little chaps and very easy to grow. Rabbit and slug resistant. Unfussy on soil conditions in sun or partial shade.
Height 90cm (36") Spread 45cm (18"). Fully hardy perennials. Supplied as bare roots plants from March onwards.

This collection comprises of:
Black Barlow
Nora Barlow
Blue Barlow
White Barlow
William Guinness
Flower Colour
Black, Blue, Purple, Red, White

Type of garden
Container Gardening, Cottage Garden, Prairie Style planting, Small Gardens, Urban Garden

Fully hardy perennial


Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Great Ground Cover, Ideal for Beginners, Pest Resistant, Suitable for Container

Flowering Time
Spring, Summer

Sun or Partial Shade

45cm (18")

90cm (36")



Moist, well drained


Sun or partial shade


Good for cutting



Additional Information

Naturally small root system. Rabbit and slug resistant. Contact with sap may irritate skin. Self seed unless dead-headed before the seed forms. The plant can die back for a short period of time before re-emerging fresh to increase in size over the summer. The plant will die back naturally with the frosts. Fully hardy perennial. Bare roots take up to 8-12 weeks to appear after planting

Delivery Date: 16 Mar 2019 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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"Thank you ladies for your beautiful plants.
Praise also, for the Bulrush Compost, of which I have purchased 8 bags during the past six months. It is superb and my garden has flourished.
Bless you,
Kind wishes"
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