I have columbine plants and I have let them self seed but the past two seasons they do not lift there heads. They are not attractive the way they are and I used them frequently in cut arrangements. Why will they not lift their heads so they can show their beauty?
Columbine are relatively short lived.
In my own garden, the self seeded plants are smaller and have less flowers.
Try some new more showing varieties for a splash in your garden.
Here are some links with more information.