Campanula, also known as Bellflower, is a genus of plants with romantic bell shaped flowers. Learn how to grow Campanula, for a cottage garden look.

Within this genus there are over 500 species and subspecies, which are also identified by the scientific or botanical name Campanula.

The common name for these plants is Bellflower, which comes from the latin word Campanula, meaning “little bell".

The flowers of Campanula are bell or star shaped. There can be subtle differences in the flower shape between the different species, although they are very similar.

Depending on the species, Campanula can be annual, biennial, or perennial. The plants are hardy flowering plants that grow well in temperate climates.

Many campanula species are herbaceous perennials, that can be lifted, divided and transplanted, allowing you to increase the plants and spread them throughout the garden.

Campanula can be started from seed indoors, or directly sown into a prepared garden bed. The seeds benefit from a period of cold moist stratification.

Campanula seeds can also be winter sown, which will naturally stratify the seeds outdoors in winter.

If starting Campanula seeds indoors, plant them 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost to give them a head start on the growing season.

Perennial Campanula can take several years before they reach blooming size, as with most herbaceous perennials.

Campanulas make great cut flowers, with their romantic bell shaped or star shaped blooms.

Campanula flowers are easy to grow, and a good choice even for the beginner gardener.

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