Aquilegia (or Granny's Bonnet) are easy to grow perennial plants that are happiest in the shadier spots of your garden. That said, they will tolerate sun and are drought tolerant. They have attractive ferny foliage that appears in early spring and bear spikes of abundant flowers.
Aquilegia work well planted with tall grasses. These perennial plants are happy in any garden environment from the cottage to the modern setting.