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Birch’s Bellflower: Large, Eye-Catching Lavender-Blue Flowers

Birch’s Bellflower: Large, Eye-Catching Lavender-Blue Flowers

Birch's BellflowerCampanula ‘Birch Hybrid’ or more commonly referred to as birch’s bellflower has large, eye-catching lavender-blue flowers that nod gracefully on 8 inch stems above tidy low mounds of toothed, crisp green foliage. Bellflowers are one of the most popular perennials. This plant forms a trailing mound of small green leaves, bearing sprays of flowers that persist for many weeks in early summer.

One of the most remarkable characteristics of birch’s bellflower is its ability to steal the garden stage despite its modest size. While people love this easy-to grow perennial, deer and rabbits do not, making this plant a reliable, long-blooming performer for critter-challenged landscapes. It has an attractive cottage-garden look when grown in a border or as a ground cover, and is equally charming tumbling out of rockeries and containers.

How To Make Your Birch’s Bellflower Thrive

Birch’s bellflower thrives in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a rich moist or well-drained soil. For best results follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. After the first year provide regular watering during the summer. Remove old flowers to prolong flowering.  After the flowering period is complete, gently shear off the old flower stalk and up to one-third of the plant to keep it looking its best throughout the growing season.

General Birch’s Bellflower Information

Pests and Diseases

Birch’s bellflower be damaged by slugs and snails; it may also be infected by a rust, powdery mildews, and a leaf spot.

Propagation

Propagate by seed or basal cuttings.

Garden Uses

Ideal in containers, rock gardens, as ab edging, or as a ground cover

Quick Facts

  • Family: Campanulaceae
  • Foliage Type: Evergreen
  • Plant Height: 6 inches
  • Plant Width: 2 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 8
  • Winter Hardiness: Hardy down to 0-10° F
  • Flower Color: Lavender
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Light Exposure: Full sun, or light to open shade
  • Water Requirements: Water regularly, when top 3 inches of soil is dry
  • Soil Type: Normal, sandy, or clay
  • Seasonal Interest: Mid-summer flowers
  • Maintenace: Low, easy to grow
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Key Feature: Long bloom season
  • Landscape Uses: Container, rock garden, edging, ground cover

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6 Comments

  1. What a gorgeous-looking flower!

  2. Such a wonderful capture of theese beauties:)
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  3. I’ve seen this in catalogs but have never tried it. I may just have to give it a shot, I have an idea for a good spot.

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