Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday's Favorite Flower Combination #9

Here is another soft combination from May 2013 that I absolutely loved.  I didn't put this one together! The nature did! I only planted these beauties in the same bed..but I guess they wanted to get closer and be friends.

Columbine with yellow fumitory

 botanical names: Aquilegia "Winky rose" and Corydalis Lutea

Corydalis lutea (zone 5-8)
This species of Corydalis is a woodland perennial that my neighbor gave me years back which typically forms a mound of ferny, medium green foliage to 15" tall and 18" wide and produces bright yellow, short-spurred flowers (3/4" long) over a long May to September bloom period.  It resemble the leaves  of bleeding heart (Dicentra) to which it is related. If you provide the right growing conditions (part shade to shade and good drainage of a rich moist soil)  this plant will grow for you like a weed.

Aquilegia "Winky rose" (zone 3-8)
Plant this Columbine with its series cousins, and you'll have a spring-time display that will be the envy of the neighborhood! Its rosy blooms are nothing short of stunning, drawing in hummingbirds and butterflies but proving unpalatable to rabbits and deer.  Zones 3-10.

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  1. My goodness, what an a truly enchanting columbine your featured "Winky rose" is...the gradation of its pink tones is exquisite. And, it does look like it and its neighbor Corydalis lutea should be "best friends forever"!

  2. I love the aquilegia, it grows so well as a shade annual here. Lovely flowers.