Peach-leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia) is a popular, fast-growing, leggy perennial that does well in containers and is a wonderful addition in lightly shaded woodland or cottage gardens.
It gets its name from the many lilac or white bell-shaped flowers that form above the green foliage on the upright stalks during the summer. Planted in groups, they add a lovely splash of color and height in perennial borders, and they look fantastic in cut flower arrangements, too.
The long-lived flowers attract pollinators like butterflies to your garden and, if the conditions are right and it's well-maintained, it could give you around five years of floral interest.
In mixed containers, these tall flowers can be planted in the center, and they'll be a focal point when surrounded by lower plants that will spill over the container edges.
Doing well in temperate regions, they enjoy cool summers and will remain evergreen in mild winter conditions.
|Botanical Name||Campanula persicifolia|
|Common Name||Peach-Leaved Bellflower|
|Plant Type||Herbaceous, perennial|
|Mature Size||Up to 24 inc. tall|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun, partial shade|
|Soil Type||Well-drained, moist but well-drained|
|Soil pH||Acid, neutral, alkaline|
|Flower Color||White, Lilac, Blue|
|Hardiness Zones||3 - 7, USA|
|Native Area||Europe, Asia|
Part of the popularity of the peach-leaved bellflower is that it's an easy-to-care-for plant perfect for novice gardeners. They aren't too fussy about soil type, but they don't enjoy intense heat.
Tall, established plants may need staking if they're growing in a position without any support.
Peach-leaved bellflower prefer a full sun to partial shade position. In hotter regions, it's better to plant them somewhere they can take advantage of light shade. They don't appreciate too much intense, direct afternoon sun, and it can impact their floral display.
One of the appeals of peach-leaved bellflowers is that they can adapt to a variety of soil types and pH levels. They do best, however, in moist, well-drained soils.
Probably the trickiest balance when it comes to peach-leaved bellflowers, is ensuring they get the right amount of moisture.
These plants aren't a drought-tolerant species and benefit from even moisture and regular watering during their growth period. Although you shouldn't allow the soil to dry out, they won't appreciate being overly saturated.
Temperature and Humidity
Peach-leaved bellflower prefer temperate regions where summers are cool and winters are mild. They aren't suited to the Southern region, which suffers from dry and intensely hot summers.
Too much heat can significantly impact the abundance of their blooms.
Applying a liquid fertilizer to your peach-leaved bellflower during the summer can encourage healthy and prolific blooming. After the summer season, though, they won't need further feeding until the following year.
Peach-Leaved Bellflower Varieties
There are several peach-leaved bellflower varieties. Their care requirements can vary, so it's always a good idea to double-check if they will suit your garden conditions. Below are a few popular cultivars.
- 'Fleur de Neige': The white, double flowers form on this cultivar in dense clusters.
- 'Kelly's Gold': The leaves on this cultivar are golden rather than green, and the large flowers are white with a blue tint around the edges.
- 'Telham Beauty': The large flowers on this tall cultivar are a delicate pale blue.
Propagating Peachleaf Bellflowers
Although peach-leaved bellflowers can be grown easily from seed, it's also possible to develop new plants from cuttings or division.
It's a good idea to divide the clumps every few years regardless of whether you're looking for new plants or not. That way, it'll prevent them from becoming overcrowded and will promote vigorous and healthy new growth.
Division is best done in early spring or fall after the bloom period has finished.
Seeds can be planted in the garden in late spring if the temperatures are warm enough. If it's chilly, it's better to sow them in containers in a cold frame before transplanting them into their garden position.
It's a good idea to deadhead flowers at the end of their bloom period. This will encourage new blooms and prevent self-seeding in other parts of the garden from occurring.