Columbine is one of those plants that you love to watch emerge from the dreary winter. It is a spring perennial and usually the first to bloom.The beautiful pink one pictured below is in a semi-shade garden growing among ferns and Bleeding Hearts. It is also a wild flower that you can find along the edge of woodland areas.
The plants are available in a variety of sizes and hybrid colors. I have tried about 5 different types in my garden, but only one has survived. Unfortunately, it's not where I planted it but about 5 feet away. Thus, I'm not sure what the name of it is exactly. It is the one pictured below and sits in full sun. Last year it was quite small, but this year it is 2 feet tall and the flowers have been blooming for at least two weeks. Notes on the plant say they only last 2-3 years, but can spread via seeds. Who knows, a few years from now, it could move again!
It seems that for the Minnesota Garden, Columbine is best grown in full sun.