Aquilegia has delicate, nodding flowers
Aquilegia is a beautiful, striking flower that seems almost exotic. With its graceful flowers in delicate colours on slender stems, the Aquilegia looks delicate and fragile, but make no mistake: it is robust. Once you have a columbine in your garden, it is hard to imagine life without it. That's not bad, because who wouldn't want to be surprised year after year from April onwards by this dreamy perennial flower. It is a genus of the extensive Ranunculaceae family and is therefore in the diverse company of, for example, the Clematis, the Anemone and the Hellebore. It is a hardy, but summer-green, perennial plant.
With columbine in the garden, it never gets boring.
Last year it was at the front of the border, this season it's popping up somewhere else, and in different colours too. But always amazingly attractive. The columbine is a so-called perennial, whereby "perennial" is quite an elastic term in this case. The plant usually lives three to four years and sometimes even lasts only one flowering season. But this is more than made up for by the fact that it seeds abundantly. Every year from April it is a surprise to see where and in what colours the columbines appear in the garden. Even though they may not quite end up where you want them to be, they won't dominate your garden, they will just change places a little.
Aquilegia requires very little attention.
Aquilegia is hardy and has few requirements. A location in the sun or partial shade is preferred. If you regularly remove the faded flowers, the columbine will bloom much longer and produce more flowers. Leave one or more dead flowers on the plant so that the columbine can spread. Remove the dead leaves in spring. After flowering, the plant becomes less beautiful, but this can easily be remedied by placing ground covers or other low garden plants around it. This way you can enjoy this beautiful plant even after it has finished flowering.