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It’s day seven of Canada Blooms and we can’t believe there are only three more days left to this amazing event! If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and visit our booth in Toronto, please do!

Let’s celebrate with a spotlight on another flower you’ll see popping up this spring! The majestic columbine! Columbines are popular perennials amongst gardeners thanks, in part, to their versatility and interesting flowers. Their availability in many colours is another winning attribute. If you are considering growing them on your property, why not try one of our native Canadian species. The stunning reds, yellows and blues of their flowers give a lift to one’s spirits as well as providing nourishment for hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Columbine nectar and pollen benefit hungry birds and insects, such as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. You can tell which bees have long or short tongues by which flowers they visit — shorter-tongued bees prefer the shorter-spurred flowers, such as A. brevistyla, although they have also been known to chew their way into the tips of the longer-spurred flowers.

Want to grow them in your garden? Find out how right here!