TIPS Bright, bold plants such as stunning purple iris, above, and, below, blood-red aquilegia
, will have a bigger following.
I let the self-sown aquilegias
flower but if they are not the double claret, out they come before they seed.
Stunning: Modern aquilegia
varieties will make an impression in any garden.
cope well in full sun or in the dappled shade on the wild side of our garden.
Carrie Thomas of Killay near Swansea has been growing aquilegias
for 15 years and owns the only two national collections of these flowers in Britain.
Ms Thomas said: "I now see that I had some infected plants at least a year ago, but had no reason to believe that a sickly-looking Aquilegia
plant had a virulent infection of any sort, let alone one likely to lead to the death of the plant after efficiently infecting other plants around it, as well as creating the long-term issue of resistant, infective spores in the soil.
Her love of cottage garden plants has developed into a blossoming romance with Aquilegia
vulgari, or Granny Bonnets.
I'm planting aquilegias
, lupins, black hollyhocks and verbascum' I'll start them in pots to avoid the slugs, then grow them on to flower next year.
DON'T miss our fantastic collection of 25 new double aquilegias
for half price - only pounds 17.
Check borders for self-seeded foxgloves, aquilegias
, campanulas, forget-me-nots and other flowers.
IF you are growing plants from seed, then aquilegias
are a great place to start.
Liz Freeman ABECAUSE aquilegias
flower so early, their seed is set and very often ready for collection by July.
A former medical rep, Ms Thomas now makes a living out of her love for aquilegias
which began when she was five years old.
Granny's Bonnets - or aquilegias
- will self-seed in tall meadow grass and there are plenty of quality hybrids to choose from.
The walled garden acts as an effective container for small children while their parents are left free to marvel at the beautiful Scottish cornflowers and aquilegias