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Does anyone know of/ could recommend a nursery specialising in aquilegia?
I would like to grow a few different varieties, having grown Green Apples and another one in the past. However, when I search for seed or plants online I can only find some fairly standard varieties or mixes of colours I don't particularly want.
I wonder if any of you know of a nurseyr that has a good variety or even specialises in aquilegia? 
:-)

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754
    I'd try Hardy's to start with
    https://www.hardysplants.co.uk/the-nursery

    Have a look at Burncoose and Perryhill nursery too.  :)
    Claire Austin might do a good range as well
    https://claireaustin-hardyplants.co.uk/blog/category/Perennials - A to Z
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836
    edited September 2021
    You may have heard of the Touchwood Aquilegias in South Wales … once really well known for some beautiful plants… sadly they succumbed to Downy Mildew
     😢 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Thank you Dovefromabove, I had forgotten, but your post reminded me i had looked at Touchwood Aquilegias... what a shame they're not still trading as they had some beautiful varieties.
    Thank you Fairygirl, I've had a look and found some lovely aquilegias on both Burncoose and Claire Austen.
    Thank you both!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754
    The only problem is - there are far too many other plants as well ... ;)

    That's very sad @Dovefromabove. I'd forgotten about them, but they were a very famous nursery.  :(
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I visited Carrie in her garden with a mutual friend the year before all the plants were affected … then just a few were showing signs …. sadly the size of her nursery meant that the plants were not able to have the space they really needed, and being planted up close in a sheltered area in damp South Wales , meant that the flamin’ mildew just rampaged. 😢 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754
    We do get a lot of that here too, although it's not quite as warm as Sth Wales, which is the main problem for them. This year it's definitely been more noticeable.
    You can only cut them back so many times too, so anything near the front of a border looks really rough.
    I was just looking at a little clump I have today, that seeded into the path last year, and I was tempted to hack them to the ankles.  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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