A light and airy plant for the back of the border – a pleasant contrast to the heavy-leaved and large-flowered types which usually dominate the row next to the fence. Theare slender and the dainty leaflets have the appearance of Columbine or . The foliage is used for flower and so are the large heads of tiny . Most varieties need moisture-retentive soil, so add peat or well-rotted at planting time. Provide support for the stems and cut down in autumn.
VARIETIES: T. dipterocarpum bears 6 in. heads of lavender flowers with prominent yellow stamens. The basic details are height 5 ft. Spacing 2 ft.
Flowering period: June-September. If you have space for only one, then choose the variety ‘Hewitt’s Double’ (3 ft). The Columbine Meadow Rue (T.aquilegifolium) is earlier flowering, producing masses of fluffy flowers in white, mauve, pink or purple in late spring. Some well-known varieties are ‘Thundercloud’ (2.5 ft. deep purple), ‘Dwarf Purple’ (2.5 ft. mauve) and ‘Album’ (3 ft. white). The all-yellow is T. speciosissimum (5 ft).
SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do if humus is added – thrives in sun or partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Divide overgrown clumps in autumn or spring, otherwiseunder glass in spring.