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Aquilegia ‘Barlow Bordeaux’
(Granny's Bonnet)


Item release date 1 September 2024.
Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
60cm x 30cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

Aquilegia ‘Barlow Bordeaux’, selected for its deep burgundy blooms and distinctive spurs, add elegance to garden borders. A beloved cottage garden staple, its nodding flowers atop wiry stems evoke a nostalgic charm, attracting pollinators. We recommend pairing it with delicate companions like Heuchera or Astrantia for a harmonious display. Selected for its unique appeal and easy care nature, ‘Barlow Bordeaux’ promises to infuse your garden with rich colour and long-lasting beauty season after season.

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Aquilegia 'Barlow Bordeaux' is an inspired addition to any garden, renowned for its rich colour and intricate blooms. The deep burgundy, double flowers with contrasting creamy centres create a stunning visual display. Chosen for its exceptional beauty and versatility, 'Barlow Bordeaux' thrives in various garden settings, from cottage gardens to woodland borders. Its long flowering period from late Spring to early Summer provides continuous interest. With the RHS Plants for Pollinators award, it attracts beneficial insects, contributing to garden biodiversity. We highly recommend pairing it with contrasting colours like white or pink for a striking effect and a sense of elevation in your garden design. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, 'Barlow Bordeaux' adds elegance and charm to any landscape, making it a cherished perennial choice.

Planting Conditions

To cultivate thriving Aquilegia 'Barlow Bordeaux,' choose a site with well-draining soil and partial shade, shielding it from intense afternoon sun. Plant in early Spring or late Summer to establish roots before extreme temperatures. Loosen the soil and add compost for optimal growth. Space plants 12-18 inches apart to allow for adequate air circulation. Once planted, water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. With these ideal planting conditions, 'Barlow Bordeaux' will flourish, showcasing its rich, wine-coloured blooms in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Water 'Barlow Bordeaux' regularly, especially during dry spells, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in Spring to provide essential nutrients for robust growth. Avoid overfeeding, as excessive fertilisation can lead to leggy growth. During the growing season, water deeply once a week, adjusting based on weather conditions. With proper watering and feeding, 'Barlow Bordeaux' will thrive, rewarding you with its uniquely rich blooms.

General Care

To care for Aquilegia 'Barlow Bordeaux,' deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage continuous flowering. Trim back any yellowing or dead foliage to maintain plant health. Prune back the entire plant to ground level after flowering to promote fresh growth and rejuvenation. Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and remove them manually or with a gentle spray of water. With minimal pruning and attentive care, 'Barlow Bordeaux' will continue to grace your garden with its striking blooms season after season.