I got my first columbine plants as pass-along plants from my mother’s garden when we first moved into our home. I’ve never purchased a columbine plant; I have several now, and many have undergone changes over the years, so that there are variations on the original plants that I started with. I don’t know the specific variety names of the columbine that I grow, but I do know that they are spectacular now in the garden. They require no special care, make excellent cut flowers for flower arranging, and the hummingbirds adore them as a nectar plant.
Here are a few that I grow:
This one shares its spot in the garden with another pass-along plant that I got from a friend, a hardy geranium in bright pink. I love this really deep, dark purple color, with the little spot of yellow in the center setting it off nicely.
Here’s a variation on purple:
This purple columbine has a white edge that is quite striking. I don’t recall that the first ones I planted here had that white edge, and I think these have developed in this way over time, but I could be wrong about that.
Another type of purple:
I like this purple ruffled double columbine–it reminds me of antebellum dresses that were worn in Gone With The Wind!
And now for some pink:
I love this delicate shade of pink.
Some variations on a theme:
A pink columbine with the white edge, nestled among other columbine.
A grouping now:
I like them grouped together, to play up all of their subtle differences–they are interesting to look at.
Some other plants in bloom at the same time as the columbine in my garden:
This is clematis ‘Asao.’ It grows in a large container, along with a few annuals that I pop in with it during the spring. This container receives morning sun and afternoon shade, and it gets watered as needed and fertilized twice a month, except right before it blooms and of course when it’s dormant in wintertime. It has been growing happily here for several years.
Other flower friends nearby:
The stately foxglove. These were growing here when we moved into the house, and over the years I have transplanted them all throughout the gardens. If you like a really tidy, formal garden, these may not be the plant for you, because they reseed freely, but they are not what I would call invasive–they are easy to pull up and plant them where you like, or just give away or compost the excess that you have. But what a gorgeous flower–the bees and hummingbirds also really love this flower. Sometimes in the summertime, I will find bumblebees asleep inside these large tubular flowers early in the morning, before they have warmed up enough to fly away!
A closer look at the amazing color variations inside these lovely foxgloves. I have some that bloom in white, as well as a deeper rose color.
Purple bearded iris that were given to me by a neighbor, dark Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Raven’s Wing’ with the white Queen Anne’s Lace-type flowers, and gobs of sky blue forget-me-nots surrounding.
And finally, blooming away inside is . . .
Amarylis ‘White Christmas.” (Kind of misnamed–this one always blooms for me in May, lately.)
What is new and in bloom in your garden? Do let me know in the comments, and visit An Oregon Cottage for the Garden Party.