Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
EXPLODING with color in my Woodland Garden now is Campanula persicifolia ‘Takion Blue.’ So serene is this bellflower’s bouquet that I can’t help but pause to admire the plant several times a day. And did I mention it blooms in the shade?
Unlike other bellflowers, persicifolia’s bells do not droop. Instead, they face upward and out, revealing one inch stars of lavender-blue. These are born all along dark green, 2-feet-tall stems. Blooming continues over a long, luxurious period if spent flowers are removed religiously.
We are told that campanula favors sun to part shade. However my plant tolerates but a scintilla of morning sun, and fairly deep afternoon shade. It makes a dazzling sight in the woodland here, with an all-green background of rhododendrons, and mid-border mates of Ostrich ferns.
You will find that leaf mold-enriched soil, a deep weekly soaking, and a balanced, organic fertilizer applied twice monthly during the growing season are Takion’s only demands. Divide the plant after three years of growth.
If you want a touch of sky in your flower border, do consider persicifolia. I think you will fall for its charms, just as I have.
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