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Growing Together, Issue # 72
January 27, 2013

Bellflower Create A Wonderful Accent

Welcome to 2013, and the January issue of Growing Together newsletter from landscape solutions for you. I hope all of you have had a wonderful start to this brand new year. As always, I would like to welcome our new members, and all of you returning again this year.

Bellflower


This month I wanted to share some information on a great accent plant, Bellflower. Many of you know, the Bellflower and Balloon flower are very similar in nature. This specie will grow well in zones three through nine in the United States.

One of the main aspects of growing this plant successfully, is well drained soil. The soil needs to be kept moist. In the northern climates, the Bellflower can take full sun during the warmer months. In milder climates, this specie should have semi shade. The Bellflower, along with the Balloon flower is easy to grow from seeds or by division. I have grown both of these varieties germinating from seeds, as well as dividing them.

In the spring as other flowers have bloomed and begin dying out, the Bellflower will take center state just before summer arrives. If the soil is kept moist throughout the hotter months, the Bellflower will continue to bloom until fall. This flower emerges in colors of blue, white, and purple-lavender. The specie can grow anywhere from three to around thirty two inches in height. The width can be six inches to around thirty four to thirty six inches.

I have used this flower in rock, formal, and wild gardens. You can also put this specie in a container garden. There are different varieties available today. One variety, the Campanula carpatica is from Europe. It is not uncommon to see the plant cascading over rocks or a cliff. Nature at its best. The Alba and Blue Carpet are smaller varieties and more compact. These two specimens would work well for you in a container garden, or small area. One of my favorites for a decorative pot is the carpatica mentioned above. Ideal for a balcony, porch, or deck.

This specimen is wonderful in an all flower garden. Make sure you plan out the garden so you have flowers blooming throughout the growing season. If you are doing a defined area of shrubs and flowers, put some evergreen shrubs such as Cypress or Arborviate as a back drop. Always plant with the largest plants in the back. The Bellflower will compliment other flowers such as Dianthus, Foxglove, Columbine, Roses, Verbena, and also many flowering herbs. Another option is to have the Bellflower intermingle in your garden with some dwarf evergreens. The smaller versions such as the Alba and Blue Carpet make a great border. You can also plant in a mass setting as well. The Bellflower is a great choice for your gardens or landscape. I hope you have enjoy reading a little about this colorful flower.


Tip For The Month

Many times over the last five plus years this newsletter has been active, I mention the plan stage. It is so important for your outdoor investment, as well as any indoor or container gardens. Plan now for spring or fall planting of bulbs. Start the indoor plants from seed. Plan the little makeovers or new varieties you want to do in the upcoming growing season. For those of you in a sub-tropical or tropical geographic location, make sure your gardens and landscape are maintained year around. Healthy plants results in you and your family and friends relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere you have created.


Thought For The Month

I don't know about all of you, but each year I start out with many different goals. Hum, as life gets busy and my to do list keeps growing, sometimes I get overwhelmed. This year, I am trying hard to set a goal for germinating plants inside for the warmer months ahead, maintaining my gardens better, and having a more self sustaining vegetable garden this year. How about you? Try setting a goal or two each month, not only on garden or plant projects, but on everyday items both professionally and personality.

My goal before we meet again next month is to get my herbs and ornamental peppers germinated inside. Stay tuned and I will let you know next month if I mastered the goal. Have a wonderful February, and for those of you in the cold of winter, stay safe and warm. Look forward to being with all of you at the end of February.

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