Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila ‘Atlantis’, if you please

Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila 'Atlantis' (Dwarf fan-shaped columbine 'Atlantis') A short (30cm) aquilegia with these very appealing bi-coloured blooms, with short spurs and glaucous foliage. I'm much happier with this plant than with the State Series aquilegias I saw last spring - big plants , OK, but flowers on steroids, not for me. I'm sure…

What do Red Rum, Tequila, Manhatten, Towering Inferno and slippers have in common?

Lupins - Masterpiece (purple) and Beefeater (red) - two outstanding, robust and free-flowering cottage garden plants from West Country Lupins (their website noted below). Strong of stem, these sturdy plants giving several weeks of flower in the early summer. Fantastic colour combinations in varieties such as Towering Inferno, Manhattan Lights, Persian Slipper, Tequila Flame and…