Aquilegia Plants

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What is an aquilegia plant?

Aquilegia (or Granny's Bonnet) are easy to grow perennial plants that have attractive ferny foliage that appears in early spring and bear spikes of pink, blue, purple or white bonnet-shaped flowers, depending on the variety. Aquilegia are known for their delicate appearance and attractiveness to pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.  

Why you should order your hardy aquilegia plants from Peter Nyssen

  • We are a friendly, family run business with more than 60 years experience
  • Our bulbs are packaged in compostable, starch based bags where possible
  • We offer bulk prices and free delivery for orders over £100
  • We supply flower bulbs in quantities large and small, for all types of gardener from the cottage potterer through to the professional landscaper  

How to plant and care for aquilegia plants

To get the most out of your aquilegia plant, consider these tips:

  • Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial shade.
  • Plant the roots in early spring.
  • Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate air circulation.
  • Place the root with the growing point up, into a hole in the ground. Cover with 5 cm of soil or compost.
  • Keep soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply when the soil feels dry.
  • Use a balanced fertiliser when new growth appears and again after flowering.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.
  • Cut back foliage after flowering to promote new growth and prevent disease.
  • Like most perennials, aquilegia plants will benefit from being lifted and split every few years in early spring to rejuvenate plants.
  • Aquilegia work well when planted towards the back of a border with tall grasses.

For guidance on how to get the best from your aquilegia plant, refer to our aquilegia planting guide. Browse our stunning collection of aquilegia plants online today or take a look at our wider range of bulbs to plant in spring for the ultimate selection. For help and advice, call our team on 0161 747 4000.

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