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Canterbury Bells

Campanula medium

Cup and saucer, Canterbury bell, Coventry bells, Coventry rapes, Fair-in-sight, Gingerbread bells, Lady's nightcap, Mariettes, Mercury's violets, St Thomas's bell

This is a beautiful nostalgic bloom which flowers profusely from spring to autumn. The showy bell-shaped blue flowers will add grace and elegance to your garden. They can be easily grown from seed, but often flower in the second year. They have long fairly weak stems so it is better to plant them in a group so they can support each other and in a protected spot out of wind.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Deadheading the plants regularly will encourage more blooms to develop. Keep the seed heads in paper bags until ready to sow.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed directly into the garden in late spring or early summer with only a thin layer of sand covering them. Keep moist, and thin out or replant once the seedlings become large enough.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including bees and butterflies.

Geography

Origin
France, Spain, Italy in Southern Europe.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Campanulaceae
Flower colour
Pale to dark blue, lavender and white.
Scent
None

Problems

Slugs and snails; powdery mildew and rust diseases may be a problem..
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

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