Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'

Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'

"Columbine"

Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'

3 bare roots — £2.92

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Description

Intense, violet-blue, fully double flowers are a rare sight in late spring and early summer—but this is just what Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' gives you. The deep blue sepals make a vibrant contrast to the yellow stamens in the centre of the slightly nodding, almost pompom-like flowers. The dense, spiky petals are held in place, not unlike an eagle’s claw—hence the name Aquilegia (aquila is eagle in Latin).    

All aquilegias have wonderful finely-cut foliage that emerges early in the year, often creating tufts of bright green among the daffodils and other bulbs. As the foliage of this Aquilegia ages, it becomes more grey-green. Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' is an ideal border plant, with its flowers held on stiff, upright stems. It looks very effective when planted next to silver foliage or amongst grasses. Or try planting with the pale lime green of Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), whose colours compliment and contrast the dusky purple of Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'.    

Aquilegia is a favourite amongst florists, too, as it makes a cheerful and long-lasting cut flower.  

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'

  • Flower colour

    Blue, purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Dappled shade
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Columbine" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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