Plant Family Guides: Campanula---Bellflowers Guides
Noted for their charming flowers and long flowering displays, Campanulas (Bellflowers) are a classic choice for beds and borders in cottage gardens or rock gardens where they bring great effect. Campanula is a massive genus including more than 300 species of mostly perennials, but also some annuals and biennials. They are one of the treasures of the gardening world because of their diverse habit and bold flowers.
Classic border favorites for their gorgeous blue flowers, Campanulas are charming with their masses of showy, cup-shaped blossoms that nod like graceful bells above the foliage. Their stately spikes on upright stems create terrific vertical accents in the garden and eye-catching backdrops.
It is hard to imagine a rock garden without Bellflowers. Incredibly floriferous, low-growing Campanulas form a carpet of nodding bells and are hard to beat in terms of floral display. They produce so many flowers that they nearly cover the entire plant. Their flowering stems trail gracefully and look wonderful on the edge of a raised bed or planted in a stone wall where they can weep beautifully.
Some Campanulas experience both a dense and rapid growth which helps to suppress weeds while creating a terrific blanket of flowers and foliage. They are perfect candidates for banks and slopes or areas that are difficult to maintain. Rewardingly floriferous, they form a carpet of nodding bells and are hard to beat in terms of floral display. Some produce so many flowers that they nearly cover the entire plant.
Combining grace and elegance, Campanula persicifolia (Peach-Leaved Bellflower) is a clump-forming perennial that sends up tall, sturdy stems which bear large, outward-facing, cup-shaped, single or double flowers in shades of violet-blue to white. Blooming over a long season, the enchanting flowers rise above spreading mats of narrow, toothed, bright green leaves.
Tough and compact, Campanula carpatica (Carpathian Bellflower) is a low-growing perennial with masses of large, upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, purple or white over a long season. They are produced in such quantities that they nearly cover the entire plant. Most of them can be grown in rock gardens, in wall crevices and in troughs.
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