This Granny's Bonnet or Columbine may be common by name (vulgaris = common), but by nature, it is more than equal to the many cultivars bred from it. The graceful nodding violet blue, bell flowers are held high above the rounded, multi-lobed, grey-green foliage in late spring and early summer. The spreading sepals have short-hooked spurs, and it is this simplicity that gives it, its beauty. If the flowering stems and foliage are cut back after flowering, this will encourage fresh foliage and often a repeat flowering.
Aquilegia vulgaris is a short-lived perennial that compensates for this by seeding around, so you should always be guaranteed a display of this graceful plant in your garden. It is easily removed from areas where it is not required.
This stunning perennial thrives in full sun or partial shade and is best in all soil types that do not completely dry out or get too wet. It is utilised in many different planting schemes, from cottage garden to shaded woodland. Aquilegia vulgaris is also perfect for cut flowers, making this a great addition to any garden.