When a person looks for a flowering plant to add to their garden, there are certain things that they look for. For example, if they are high or low maintenance and if they will add the required beauty to the garden. Bellflowers are one of the most low-maintenance plants out there and are superbly pretty and delicate to look at. Often used as ornamentals in gardens, these pretty flowers, native to North America, come in a diverse range of colors.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 20 types of bell flowers for your garden:
1. Korean Bellflowers
These long bellflowers hang upside down from their stems, giving the impression of tiny Chinese lanterns. They have a deep, rich purple color that will make the garden look bright and elegant.
Korean bellflowers normally grow in clusters and have a pleasant faint smell to them. It is not surprising that they are also called ‘Elizabeth’ bellflowers with their royalty-like features. These flowers will grow from summer to early fall.
2. Virginia Bluebells
Staying true to their name, these beautiful flowers are one of the best plants to add to your dream garden. Though bees love them, rabbits will leave them alone, which means you won’t end up having half-eaten flowers across your garden.
Virginia bluebells have greyish-green leaves, and the buds start pink. But once they start blooming, they gradually change their color to bluish-purple. However, if you are lucky, you might even see some whites and pinks among the clusters.
Like the Korean bellflowers, they, too, grow from their stems in a drooped-down fashion. Additionally, other than bees, these flowers are also known to attack hummingbirds, butterflies, and skippers. Viola! You got yourself a small ecosystem with those flowers.
3. Coral Bellflowers
These dainty and elegant bellflowers are a top choice for cultivators because of their lush green leaves. There are about thirty-seven varieties of this flower, with colors varying from red, purple, pink, cream, and white.
Additionally, they also come with various colors of leaves ranging from yellow to green to red! Now that is the kind of foliage one would want in their garden.
The main attraction of these plants is that no matter what the color of the flowers, they always stand in stark contrast with the leaves. This makes them easy on the eyes and brightens up any garden where they are planted.
4. Adriatic Bellflowers
Adriatic bellflowers tend to grow in small clusters, with the flowers varying between blue and purple. The petals are pointy, and the flowers grow out of the leaves, almost as if they want your attention on them.
They grow rapidly, and planting them in open areas will turn them into a beautiful cluster of small flowers with lush green foliage in no time. These plants are also able to withstand a bit of frost, so one does not need to worry about them in the cold.
The best place to grow them is along the borders of your garden, as the flowers spilling out will make a nice and elegant fence.
5. Peach-leaved Bells
I have no idea why they are named peach-leaved bells when the flowers are really in the range of white to purple. However, that does not make them any less special.
These small flowers stand upright, bending at a ninety-degree angle from their stems, and give the feeling of those early fall mornings when you look at them. They are also very low-maintenance plants as they can grow all year round. Truly a gardener’s dream.
They also attract bumblebees and honeybees that help them pollinate fast in other parts of your garden.
6. Blue-eyed Blonde
These are another type of peach-leaved bellflowers, and they add a tad bit of color to your garden with their bluish-hued clusters. They are tall and stand upright with golden leaves.
7. Chettle Charm
Belonging to the family of peach-leaved bellflowers, these rich, creamy white flowers are delicate and elegant. They are also a great choice for mixed containers and borders.
8. Canterberry Bells
A personal favorite, this is a garden showstopper. These flowers grow in large clusters and come in a variety of colors ranging from purple, lavender, and pink. These colors are gorgeous to look at and easy on the eyes.
These flowers last a long time and also attract bees, which help in their pollination. They are also very easy to grow and need low maintenance despite their delicate nature.
9. Birch Hybrid
Probably the smallest plants on the list, these dwarf collections of bellflowers look amazing in a small pot. They are generally grown in a pot, and the cluster looks beautiful with the overgrowing bloom.
These flowers are mostly purple in color and are relatively low maintenance as well. Thriving from early summer to early fall, they are the perfect choice for rock or cottage gardens.
10. Campanula Punctata
These spotted bellflowers are the best choice if you want a bit of romantic touch in your gardens. These heart-shaped bellflowers have creamy white and pink shades along with red spots on them.
Native to Japan and Siberia, these flowers thrive if you manage to put them in a partially sunny area with some shade.
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11. Campanula Lactiflora
Although from a similar family name as the last one, these two flowers look nothing alike. Unlike the previous one, these flowers are star-shaped and grow in clusters. They also have lavender spikes. They have an enchanting milky color to them and look elegant in the gardens.
12. Campanula Glomerata
These flowers come in two varieties – Acualis and Alba. The first one is a deep purple bell-shaped flower that grows in clusters and is about an early summer bloomer. The second category is taller in length with lanced green leaves.
These also grow during the same time. The flowers grow in thick, dense clusters and can be found in white and purple varieties.
These are extremely delicate flowers and do not survive very long. This is because of their weak and slender shape.
However, they are beautiful with a sweet smell. They are also great pollinators. Because of their size, they can be grown in both containers or gardens and under partial sun.
14. Serbian Bellflower
In case you’re wondering which one of these different bellflowers you want to choose to make a flowered carpet, these Serbian bellflowers are the best ones. They are about an inch tall and are great ground flowers.
They are long-lasting flowers that are star-shaped and can be found in blue and purple colors.
15. Dalmatian Bellflowers
Often we come across a gap or a crack in the garden where no other plant can be grown. And if you are as bothered about that as our gardener is, then you would like to check out these Dalmatian bellflowers.
These flowers have a low growth pattern that makes them perfect to be grown in between gaps and edging plants.
16. Viking Bellflowers
These bellflowers are known to attract bees and hummingbirds as they are vibrant and downward-facing purple flowers. They grow in clusters on upright spikes and thin stalks.
These are also low maintenance and pest-free, so you can be assured that they will grow without any trouble.
17. Cobaea Scandens
These flowers are also known as ‘Cup and Saucer’ due to their unique design, which is the cup shape of the vine. Starting as a dull green bud, they slowly turn into a rich white or purple.
They have a green calyx at the end, and that becomes a saucer. These flowers need full sun and have a sweet, honey-like smell.
18. Fairy Thimble
These flowers, also known as Earleaf, are native to the mountainous areas of Europe, like the Alps. They grow very well in alkaline soil and are a great way to cover rocks. These flowers are usually found in blue color and are inverted bell-shaped.
19. Prichard’s Variety
‘Prichard’s Variety’ are round, violet-blue clusters of flowers that have a white center. These flowers are perennial and bloom during balmy summers and mellow falls.
They also need a lot of moisture, neutral to alkaline soil, and partial shade to be able to bloom at their best.
20. London Anna Flowers
Perfect to uplift a lawn that needs some color, these flowers, with their white or pink blooms, are indeed beautiful. They can grow to 4 feet in length and can be seen blooming during the early or late summer months.
These pleasant blooms are worth all the work (which is not much, by the way) that you put in. They enhance the beauty and overall appeal of any garden. Another amazing quality of bellflowers is that they can grow equally well indoors and outdoors.
There are over 300 varieties of these beautiful clusters, and this article lists some of my personal favorite ones. I am sure as someone looking for bellflowers to change the aura of your garden; you will find one or more from the list given. Happy gardening!
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