Campanula: pretty little flower

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The bellflower is a small flower that is ideal for borders and ground cover.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Campanula
Family : Campanulaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 20 to 100 cm depending on species
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Soil : Ordinary

Flowering : May to September

The maintenance, from planting to flowering of the bellflowers, is easy and the decorative effect is guaranteed. Here is a must have for your garden!

Planting the bellflower

Prefer planting your bellflowers in the fall , but you can also plant them in the spring or summer if the weather is not too hot, in light, well-drained soil.

Exposure of bellflowers:

The bellflower thrives anywhere in the garden, including in tubs, pots or planters on the terrace or balcony.

It particularly likes borders, rockery and flowerbeds.

Avoid soils that are too calcareous because the bellflower fears excess limestone . This often leads to leaf yellowing .

  • Enrich the soil by mixing it with potting soil and you will improve flowering.
  • Respect a distance of 20-25 cm between each foot to leave room for the plant to develop.
  • Water regularly at first and then if the weather is dry.
  • Propagate your plants by division of the clump in the fall , it’s simple to do and it allows the plant to experience a new youth every 3 to 5 years.

Maintenance of bellflowers

There are a huge number of bellflowers, more than 300 species. Most bellflowers are easy to care for and require very little care, especially when established.

  • Cut the faded flowers as you go, this stimulates the appearance of new flowers.
  • Bellflowers tolerate the sun well, limited watering and relatively dry soil.
  • But in case of prolonged drought, do not hesitate to water in the evening.

Campanula and fertilizer:

Like most flowering plants, bellflowers need to draw the nutrients they need from the soil to flower.

After 1 to 2 years, especially for bellflowers in pots or planters, it is best to add fertilizer for flowering plants in the spring.

The addition of fertilizer helps restore tone to bone bellflowers and improve flowering over the years.

Campanula, diseases and parasites:

Although quite hardy, the bellflower is rather prone to attacks by parasites such as spider mites, caterpillars and slugs.

The threat is often very limited and only rarely jeopardizes the bellflower crop.

All you need to know about campanula

This perennial , which is also grown as an annual or biennial depending on the species, has great upholstery power.

There are over 300 species, so don’t be surprised if your bellflowers don’t grow back from one year to the next , it is certainly an annual or biannual species.

It forms tufts of leaves adorned with pretty flowers , lavender blue, purplish blue, red or white depending on the variety.

Very resistant, it is particularly well suited to the foot of perennial beds, borders, rockeries and ground covers for Campanula muralis .

You will also appreciate the Carpathian bellflower, Campanula carpatica, for its magnificent blue-purple cupped bloom.

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