Despite the bellflowers often looking very droopy and rather “sad,” they look brilliant because of the different colors that can bloom with the different cultivars(varieties of the plant). They can look rather elegant and very delicate! Now, why would they look sad for just a bunch of flowers – they’re plants. They wouldn’t show emotions, right?
Due to the shape of most of the bellflowers, as well as their nature, to have blossoms that are in the cooler shade of the color wheel. The “Bell” flower was probably named after most of the flowers hanging upside down with the petals in a closed manner which makes it resemble something like a bell at the top of a church tower.
So which of these elegant beauties do you want to grow? Which traits are you after? A more vibrant flower with deep blue petals? Maybe you want more of a darker and brooding-type variant? Perhaps you’re hoping for the taller variants that can be used as garden borders? Let’s get down to discussing the best bellflowers you could grow in a garden!
Virginia bluebells are native to the Eastern USA. These wildflowers grow more naturally in the woodland area. Although they do naturally grow in those areas, the Virginia bluebells are unfortunately endangered because of habitat loss. If you’re going to grow these beauties, you will want to get started on a native garden.
The first step is crucial when planting Virginia bluebells, which is to find that perfect spot to plant them. They’re going to be thankful for patches of sunlight or partial shade, so a wooded area is ideal. For the soil, it’s going to be standard from there, well-drained soil but retains plenty of moisture!
The cream petals dashed with shades of a dark dusk or dusty pink and maybe tiny specks of a dark red. The colors compliment the upside-down heart-shaped flower. The subtler colors that pop out against the green foliage make it look more stunning. This variant of bellflowers can be spotted around Japan and Siberia!
The best way to grow the campanula punctata is to keep them in sunny areas. They tolerate both partial shade and full sun treatment. The soil is the same once again, well-drained soil that retains good moisture. Sow the seeds first in a separate container during spring or summer before planting them in your garden!
To be more specific to this flower, its scientific name is campanula glomerata. As the name “clustered” suggests, these bellflowers are a multiple of more petite deep violet to white flowers all bunched up together on one stem. The campanula glomerata is part of the taller variants that can grow up to 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide!
These flowers will adore you for planting them in full sun while in rich but well-drained soil! There are two variations of this flower, Var. Cialis, which seems to be the faster growing of the two variants and Var. Alba has a more lance-like shape to the leaves. Both will look great when paired or packed in with other flowers!
The canterbury bells are millennial flowers that boast a mellower, much lighter shade of pink flowers than all of the melancholy blues and violets that the other flowers earlier had. The quirky thing about these flowers is that they don’t hang upside down and, instead, are in the shape of upside-down bells!
Since the canterbury bells show off a brighter and light pink color, this is more attractive to the natural pollinators(like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds). These flowers will be grateful for a cooler temperature with the full sun with moist but still well-draining soil! Though they are hardy from USDA Zones 4-10 only.
The Korean bellflower is another contender for a darker shade of purple-pink much like the campanula punctata. This time, they are only complimented even more by the light-green leaves that the flowers rest on, making the purple shade pop out from any other regular bellflower.
These darker beauts bloom from early summer all the way until fall. The light-scented fragrance is sure to please you and give you a nice breath of air. Again, like pretty much all of the other bellflowers mentioned in the list, these Korean bellflowers are going to need a good spot that can either provide partial shade or full sun treatment. The situation with the soil is the same as well – moist, rich, and well-drained soil.
These beautiful bellflowers are sure to make a great addition to your garden since they are relatively easy to grow. For the prettiness of all of the flowers, you’d get all season-long, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re getting more than what you could ask for. Just remember that almost all of the bellflowers would prefer colder temperatures!