Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Growing Columbines



Columbines are an alpine flower, but do amazing well along the southern California coast. The state flower of Colorado, this lacy foliaged perennial looks delicate - it's anything but! Most garden pests ignore it, it reseeds profusely and tolerates either full sun or light shade. The only drawback is that it doesn't bloom until the second year. Once established, you'll have enough seedlings to transplant all over your flower borders and they'll become a permanent fixture in your garden.

3 comments:

steven said...

golden west they are so beautiful. i had purple and white columbines at our old house. i'd hit the side of the seed pods and sure enough there'd be a whole heap of lovely flowers the next year. steven

Sweet Repose said...

You take me back to the wonderful years I lived in the high country of Evergreen Colorado...sigh...

Tracy said...

Love these little beauties! I have several in the flower beds. Last year I got an all-white one...*swoon*... I like how the self-sow and more & more come back each year. Low-maintenance gardening these! Happy Day, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))