Columbine (or Granny's bonnet) is one of my absolute favourite spring flowers.
She positively floats through flower beds with the grace of a ballerina. "Lime Sorbet" is a beautiful greeny-whitish variety that adds a hint of cool freshness to any colour palette.
Her enchanting blossoms look like small pompoms.
Height: 40cm (16") to -70cm (28")
Where: Prefers partial shade but will also do well in sunny spots.
When: February to June inside, April to June outdoors.
Spacing: 30cm (12")
Harvesting/Flowering: May to June, the following year.
Tip: Cut back wilted shoots after flowering to keep the plants compact.
A paradise for insects, especially bumblebees
Photos: Janina Laszlo