Must Know Plant Care Tips: Columbine is a cool-season flower, and prefers cooler weather to hot temperatures. High humidity isn’t a friend to columbine. If your climate is hot and humid in summer, grow them in a spot with afternoon shade.
Plant Problem Solver: Don’t allow columbine to stay in saturated soil for long, as this can easily lead to rot. Some types of columbine will go dormant in the heat of summer and grow fresh foliage in the cooler temperatures of fall, so you might want to refrain from cutting them back until you know if yours will regenerate. Columbine is fairly short-lived, but reseeds heavily in your flower garden. They may cross-breed with other varieties, so if you want to preserve the flowers in the colors you bought them, pull out any unwanted seedlings that look different.
Pretty Pairings: Phlox, foamflower, and toad lily all make excellent pairing plants for columbine.