Poppy, Peony: Black (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Bloom): Early summer
Light: Full Sun
Water: Average Water Needs. Water regularly; do not overwater.
Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8
Beneficial Insects: Yes. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
Produces: large Dark Maroon Peony Poppy double flower blooms that are 4 inches across and form on long, sturdy stems.
USDA Grow Zone: 3-8
Eventually the pods will begin to dry out and the vents at the top of the pods will open when the seeds are ripe, ready to release the seed. The pods can be cut off to harvest the seeds or the plants can be left standing in the garden to self-sow for next year. If seeding is not desired, simply deadhead spent flowers before pods are formed.
Columbine: McKana Giants (Aquilegia caerulea)
McKana Giant columbines were developed specifically for their large, striking blooms and many colors; this AAS Award winner first became available in the 1950's. The name “columbine” is derived from the Latin “columba,” or dove, since an upside down columbine bloom looks like a circle of doves around a fountain. The Latin genus name “Aquilegia” means “eagle,” a reference to the spikes on the back of the flower that resemble an eagle’s talons. These unique hollow spurs on the blossoms contain an abundance of nectar, though only hummingbirds and other long-tongued feeders such as the hawk moth can reach it. Ruby-throated hummingbirds especially love this plant. Its natural habitats are woodland areas, rocky slopes, or along streams.