Campanula persicifolia 'Blue' (Bellflower) 1l

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Bellflower

A beautiful cottage garden favourite with upright stems of sky-blue flowers in early summer.

Campanulas come in all shapes and sizes and this little charmer is a must have addition for its summer colour. Campanula persicifolia has a narrow, upright shape that can be squeezed into the smallest of spaces and extra plants sometimes appear from seed so that you never know where one may pop up - often in exactly the right place to fill a gap! Low clumps of narrow glossy, evergreen leaves slowly spread each year and slender stems climb upwards through summer, covered in sky blue, outward facing flowers with fluffy white centres that bees love to burrow into. Campanula persicifolia looks beautiful in a border with old roses and other summer flowers as well as in a vase if you can bear to cut the stems. Removing the old flower heads once they have faded will ensure that your plant continues to provide colour for many weeks.

Bell-shaped flowers crowded on slender stems add elegant height and long lasting summer colour.

Key Features

Plant Type: Herbaceous

Hardiness: H6: Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 60cm x W 30cm (Mature age: 2 Years)

Foliage Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Blue

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Soil Type: Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Courtyard Garden, Wildlife Garden, Cutting Garden, Low Maintenance Garden

Season of Interest: Summer

Flowering (from - to): June - August

Plant Care & Advice

Campanula persicifolia is best grown in a sunny or partially shaded position and in retentive soil which means that the soil drains well but doesn't dry out in summer. It's tall slender flower stems may need some support if planting in a windy or exposed spot. When planting, dig a hole that's at least twice the size of the existing container and add some suitable general fertiliser to the soil that's to be used to infill around the roots.

Water your plant well before and after planting. Each spring a handful of general fertiliser can be sprinkled around the base of the plants, taking care not to cover the leaves and stems.

A layer of garden compost or ornamental bark mulch added each year in spring will be beneficial. Once your plant has finished flowering, cut the stems back to encourage more flowers. After its second flush of flowering has finished cut back the stems if you do not wish it to self-seed.