These are some columbine I started from seed three years ago (second year blooming). They fill in along the edge of my hosta bed where it gets just a tad bit too much sun. Given the cottage style of my house, columbine, like lilies of the valley, bridal wreath spiraea and lilacs are almost de rigueur,
They don't seem to mind the drier conditions found under my white pine and make an almost magical display in spring.
Maybe those gardening fairies arrived afterall.