My mom and I were at the greenhouse this weekend shopping, when we spotted a bunch of Columbine plants. I have always loved these unique looking flowers ever since the first time I found them growing wild in the woods by our house when I was young. The wild Columbine were red and yellow; I would always pick them and put them in my bedroom so I could enjoy them as much as possible. At the greenhouse this weekend we found a lot of really beautiful colors, but we haven’t tried growing them as perennials in our yard so we only got one. I am really hoping that it does well and comes back next year. Then we will have a good reason to buy a bunch more!
Columbine are hardy to zones 3-9, but up here in the cooler zones we will have to remember to cover them with hay or mulch this fall just to protect them from our very cold winter temperatures. That should give them a better chance of coming back for us again next summer. It’s a good idea to put these plants in light shade or part sun, but they can adapt and do well in full sun as well. One other great thing that I found about Columbine is that they can easily spread in your garden as well. All you need to do is just let them go and they will seed themselves. If you don’t want more pretty plant babies, make sure to remove the flowers once they start fading. These plants can grown as high as 2 feet tall, and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden as well! Honestly, I really can’t find anything wrong with these plants. I just love them.
On a side note, I’ve realized that when the time comes that I actually have my own home and yard to keep, I am probably going to have thousands of plants. I just can’t seem to control myself when it comes to adding more flower beds or more patio containers. Oh well, for now I will just hope that when that time comes, my yard will be huge! If you have any other questions or comments about Columbine, please let me know!