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AQUILEGIA An indispensable but sexually promiscuous genus, (only wild collected material is likely to be pure), with ample material for rock gardens and perennial borders alike, the various species will cross and seed, persisting forever in the garden despite being individually rather short lived. Unfortunately unless some new genetic material is introduced on a regular basis they tend to degrade into ugly mongrel looking things fit more for leaf miners and sawflies than anything else, and rest assured if you grow columbines you are virtually certain to have one or both of these nuisances. A problem easily controlled with Marathon or other systemic insecticide applied prior to their appearance. Alternatively, you can do nothing, because even if plants are defoliated they quickly grow new leaves and are seldom killed. Don't let the bugs dissuade you, if you grow a diverse selection and frequently introduce new blood you will be amply rewarded with a fantastic floral display.



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Aquilegia jonesii

Aquilegia jonesii

The queen of alpine columbines itís throne threatened only by scopulorum; this western gem with itís congested tufts of glaucous foliage twisted into pseudorosettes and large blue short spurred flowers on short scapes above the tuft of foliage ranks near the top of everyoneís list. It needs plenty of fertilizer to flower well and considerable skill to keep alive for more than a few years although it is clearly long lived in the wild, and young plants are rather easy; Wild seed from Alplains
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Arabis x sturii

Arabis x sturii

Similar to Arabis procurrens but more compact, forming a nice tuft of small leaves topped by large white flowers on three-inch stems, its origins are obscure.___ZONE 4
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Artemisia caucasica

Artemisia caucasica

Low silver cushions, reaching 10-15cm (4-6 inches) tall and around. Flowers aren't notable, you grow this one for the dense, silvery leaves. Native to dry, stoney slopes, so good drainage is a must. Full sun, and should be hardy to zone 5, at least.
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Aruncus aethusifolius

Aruncus aethusifolius

Native to Japan and Korea, A. aethusifolius is very similar to A. parvulus with wonderful, 1' mounds of finely dissected leaves, topped by short plumes of white flowers. It tolerates everything from pondsides to dry shade and becomes a remarkably tight bun if grown in full sun.___ZONE 4
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Aquilegia 'Fragrant Fantasy'

Aquilegia 'Fragrant Fantasy'

I'm nuts for the wonderful fragrant varieties of columbine created by Plant World Seeds in the UK. This is one is a wild hodgepodge of a seed strain, with doubles and singles, long spurs and short, plain foliage and variegated the one thing they are all supposed to have in common is strong fragrance. In my experience, fragrance is expressed in about 90% of the plants, so you'll get an off scentless one now and again, but most of the time, the scent is absolutely fantastic strong enough to fill the garden and reminding me of something between honeysuckle and jasmine.
$12.00

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Aquilegia "Songbird Mix"

Aquilegia "Songbird Mix"

A lovely mixture of graceful, long-spurred flowers in various combinations of bright red, yellow, blue, and white._____Zone 4
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Aquilegia buergeriana oxysepala

Aquilegia buergeriana oxysepala

One of the smaller species, maybe a foot or foot and a half, blooms an attractive shade of burgundy. Interestingly, prone to rebloom here and there later in the summer when happy. Zone 5.
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Aquilegia flabellata 'Spring Magic Mix'

Aquilegia flabellata 'Spring Magic Mix'

One of the best small columbines this compact form of the Japanese fan columbine has lovely short-spurred flowers in a mix of colors and delicate silvery green foilage about 1 foot tall and unlike many of the dwarf columbines it is very easy to please in the garden._____ZONE 5
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Aquilegia laramiensis

Aquilegia laramiensis

One of the choicest western columbines, lariemiensis is perfect in a trough and much easier to please than Jonesii or scopulorum, it is relatively long lived and never fails to produce abundant short spurred white bloom.
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Aquilegia micrantha

Aquilegia micrantha

An elegant western species with delicate flowers atop long fine stems, seed is very tiny for a columbine, it has proven quite growable for us.
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