Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Nora Barlow’
This old-fashioned double columbine, sometimes called Granny’s Bonnet, is a great self-sower and over time will create small colonies. Beautiful and graceful, I have mine with variegated hosta, barrenwort (Epimedium rubra) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) in a bed with morning sun and also in my front border with white bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis alba), foxglove (Digitalis), wild ferns and lambs ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’), which also receives a half day of sun. Columbines will tolerate shade, but will bloom more profusely the more sun they get. Zones 3-10, easy grower, evenly moist soil in sun to part shade, pH 6-7.5 is ideal.