Columbine Collection (Aquilegia)

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 $40.96. Buy three of the Aquilegia Collections and you'll have a complete shade garden.

Regular Price $35.96 Special Price $32.36
Per Collection of 4
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HC017122

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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 $40.96

*Does not include planting map

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SKU
HC017122
Ships To Canada
No
Botanical Name
Aquilegia Collection
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Flower Color
Red
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 - Early Summer
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"
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flowers, Containers, Native
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Item Package Size
Collection of 4
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.
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Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of April 29th, 2019
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 15th, 2019
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of March 25th, 2019
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2019
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
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