Back in April a healthy does of Spring and Easter plants hit my local greenhouse. After snatching up every hyacinth color, and hybrid tulip I could find, I noticed something a little different in the bunch of spring bloomers that I had never seen before. A bell campanula flower; also known as the Bellflower.
This interesting plant comes in a few colors, my personal favorite being the deep dark purple, which may or may not be labeled blue. The deeper colored plants are sometimes called blues, when in fact they are just a deeper darker purple.
Aside from the color of these beautiful bell campanula flower, I fell in love with the whimsical cup like shape that the flower blooms had. It reminded me a lot of the edible cups you seen in the classical movie Charlie and The Chocolate Factory; when Willie Wonka eats the cup after sipping from it.
My fear was that once the campanula flower I purchased bloomed fully, it would just lay down and die. I live on Long Island, and many plants I have planted in the past tend to come back, while others do not. Even perennials have died on me for no apparent reason.
When it comes to bell campanula they are indeed perennials, and they are supposed to grace your garden year after year after you plant it.
What You May Not Know:
Most spring blooming plants grace the garden for a month or so before dying back and leaving behind nothing but green leaves. This rings true for tulips and hyacinth plants. I expected the same thing to happen with my bell campanula flower; only instead of being disappointed with a short lived bloomer, I was pleased to find that after blooming not only in April, it also has brand new blooms sprouting up in June as well.
Basically after I deadheaded all of the dried up flowers from April’s blooms, I discovered baby buds about to pop open.
They are now popping open one by one, bringing the plant right back to its former April glory.
For those of you on Long Island wondering how well these plants strive, well, fear not, this particular beauty seems to bloom all summer long with hearty and long lasting uniquely shaped cupped blooms.
I highly recommend this one to Long Islander’s looking for neat blooms to add to their gardens.