Aquilegia Nora Barlow
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Aquilegia are a wonderful group of plants that flower in late spring/early summer. They are good in a shady spot and are little incidents of colour before the main flush of brighter summer flowers. There are lots of varieties but 'Nora Barlow' stands out as it’s one of the more interesting varieties, with unusual blooms made up of small pink, and white petals.
Happy in sun or partial shade. Mulch well in the spring and autumn with well rotted farmyard manure and you will be rewarded with stronger plants with more flowers. Once flowering has finished cut back whole plant and you will get a fresh crop of leaves, the original ones will be looking tatty by then. Aquilegias are big self-seeders and you will get new plants appearing round the garden. This is very charming, but be aware the new plants are unlikely to look like the parent plant. If you want to stop this, make sure you cut flowered stems off shortly after flowering, to prevent self-seeding.
May to June
Astrantia and Geranium phaeum are both lovely companions to Aquilegia. They all flower together and have rather pretty, subtle flowers creating a gentle lead into the often more showy summer flowers.
height - 0.9m
width - 0.45m
- Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness' - black and white flowers
- Aquilegia caerulea - slightly smaller and with blue flowers
Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'
A. 'William Guinness'