Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Mellow Yellow’

Columbines have been grown in gardens for centuries, and are among the most popular of perennials. This unusual selection features lacy foliage of a glowing chartreuse to golden yellow, with taller stems producing delicate small white flowers. The leaves look almost fern-like and are a gorgeous accent beside bolder plants such as blue-leaved Hostas. Since Columbines are relatively short lived, allow some of the plants to go to seed and self sow. Leaf miners or sawfly may disfigure leaves around flowering time. Simply trim off the ugly foliage to rejuvenate.

Feed: Provide a water soluble fertilizer monthly.

Prune: Regular deadheading can be performed to encourage additional blooming. If self-seeding becomes an issue, both the foliage and remaining seedpods can be cut back in the fall. While some people prefer not to allow them to self-sow, it is often recommended, as columbine plants are generally short lived with an average lifespan of about three or four years. If desired, these plants can also be divided every few years.



Height: 24 inches

Spread: 12 inches

Blooming: Late Spring; Early Summer

Soil Moisture: Moist

Sun Exposure: Partial Shade