Columbine Collection (Aquilegia)

Aquilegia Collection

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Try several of our customer favorite Columbine varieties in this Aquilegia Collection. Perfect for shady gardens, you'll save $5 off the single plant price of $41.96. Buy three of the Aquilegia Collections and you'll have a complete shade garden.

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$36.96
per collection of 4
Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Groundcover
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Collection of 4
SKU HBLD204

Details

This cheerful collection of Columbine (Aquilegia) is perfect for the shady spots in your garden. This collection includes (5" pots): Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Aquilegia Red Hobbit, Aquilegia chrysantha (Golden Spur Columbine), Aquilegia caerulea. We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes. Save $5 off the single plant price of $4.96

SKU HBLD204
Botanical Name Aquilegia Collection
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red, Yellow, Blue
Mature Height Little Lanterns - 10" tall; Red Hobbit - 12-14" tall; Rocky Mountain - 18"; Golden Spur - 30-36" tall.
Mature Spread 10-24" wide each plant
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Aquilegia (Columbine)
Aquilegia (Columbine) are native, shade loving perennials that provide ample nectar for hummingbirds. They are resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.

    Preferred growing conditions
  • These perennials grow best in compost enriched garden loam and dislike clay.
  • Should be mulched in dry climates with most types of common mulch materials.
  • Prefer regular watering to keep the soil moderately moist, but too much water makes them floppy.
  • Plant in part sun (morning sun/afternoon shade) or dappled shade, although at high elevation (above 7,000 ft.) they will do fine in full sun with regular irrigation. Aquilegia chrysantha and A. desertorum are the most sun tolerant.
  • Prepare the soil with good quality compost (not bagged manure, it’s too salty) and Yum Yum Mix.
    • Special comments
    • Deadhead plants to prolong bloom, but leave some flowers to set seed.
    • Individual Columbine plants can be short lived (3 to 4 years), but they will colonize areas of the garden where they will live for many years.
    • Columbine propagate themselves by re-seeding. To keep them re-seeding true-to-type, it's best to plant each species separate from other species (at least 100 ft. apart or on other sides of your house) to keep the hummingbirds from cross-pollinating them to any great extent.
      • Garden care:
      • Fertilize Aquilegia once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
      • Leave plants standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid-spring when the plants begin to wake up.
      • If the foliage becomes damaged from leaf miners or becomes straggly during the heat of summer, cut the foliage back hard (2-3" above the ground) and the plants will re-grow fresh, clean foliage in late summer/early fall.

Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 5, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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  • Healthy (4)

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5.0

Spectacular

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Columbine Collection (Aquilegia):

    We bought several of the pre-planned gardens last year for an empty flower bed in the shady yard of our house in Colorado. They looked good even toward the end of last summer but this summer they are spectacular. None of them have died. We did use Yum-Yum Mix. I'm buying 3 more.

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    5.0

    Amazing columbines

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    from Taos, NM

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    • Hardy
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Columbine Collection (Aquilegia):

      I grow these columbines in 5-gallon pots on my patio, 1 plant to a pot, at 7000-ft. I find these columbines survive our winters quite well. Takes about 3 years to fill the pot. I do use Yum-Yum mix at planting, also when I put them to bed in the fall, and in the spring when they wake up.

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      5.0

      Very hardy, good bloomers

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      from Taos, NM

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Columbine Collection (Aquilegia):

        I garden in pots. I find these columbines are extremely hardy and, at 7000-ft, survive our winters quite well.

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        4.0

        Flourishing in a harsh environment.

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        from Payson, AZ

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Columbine Collection (Aquilegia):

          only one failure in the bunch. We love the finished product.

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          5.0

          I live in Colorado so this was perfect.

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          from Denver, CO

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          • Great selection
          • Love The Colors

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          The selections were perfect.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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