Each year I try to expand the types of perennials I have growing in my gardens. One of the ones I decided to add this spring is Bellflower (Campanula). I selected a purple bellflower variety, but they also come in shades of white, blue, and pink. They tend to start blooming in late spring and continue to bloom into early summer. Deadheading can help to promote new blossoms. You might even get some blooms in the fall.
The height of bellflowers will vary depending on the variety you select, I chose a shorter compact variety to put in the front of a border garden. But, other varieties may get over 3 feet tall. There is also a creeping variety of bellflower that can spread pretty aggressively.
Where I live in the Northeast, bellflowers perform well in both partial and full sun. However, the farther south you go, the more shade they will need. I have mine planted where it gets some light shade. You will also want to make sure that they get enough water, especially when they are blooming.
Bellflowers look right at home in cottage gardens. I like to plant them with coneflowers, phlox, hollyhocks, and lamb’s ear. When deciding how to use bellflowers in the garden, be sure to consider their height. Shorter varieties are pest placed at the front of the garden and also look great in rock gardens.
Friends and Foes
In addition to have striking flowers, bellflowers attract hummingbirds along with butterflies and bees. They also tend to be deer resistant. They generally have little pest problems but yellowing leaves could be a sign of aphids.
End of Season Care
Different varieties benefit from different care in the fall. Some can be cut back, leaving about three inches while others should not be cut back at all. Look up your specific plant to get further guidance. Similarly, guidelines for dividing bellflowers varies between the different types. It is suggested that some varieties be divided every two years while the recommendation for dividing others is every 3-4 years.
If you are looking for a great addition to your perennial garden, Bellflower (Campanula) might want to consider this plant.