Approximately 80 Seeds
Originating from the Guinness estate in Ireland, these traditional granny’s bonnets are a lovely combination of unusual, dark, purplish-black flowers with a white trumpet. Aguilegia are true cottage garden favourite with distinctive, bellshaped flowers borne on well-branched, leafy stems. They thrive best in a sunny spot in well-drained soil. Will add early colour to the perennial border.
SITE: full sun, part shade
FLOWERING MONTHS: May to July the year after sowing
SOW UNDER COVER/PLANT INDOORS: January to June
SOW DIRECT/PLANT OUTDOORS: April to June
CARE TIPS: Ideal for planting in drifts in shady edges of the garden. Collect seeds and spread around the garden for a naturalised appearance. Remove seedheads if you don't want it to spread.
Sow indoors February to June in pots or trays of seed compost and lightly cover. Keep moist and maintain a temperature of approximately 20 degrees celsius. Reducing the temperature to 15 degrees celsius once the seedlings emerge. Prick out to individual pots when the seedlings are large enough to handle. Gradually harden off before planting out to final position in late May, spacing them 30cm apart. Alternatively sow outdoors in a prepared seed bed between April and June.