Also known as
Cup And Saucer, Coventry Bells, Coventry Rapes, Fair-In-Sight, Gingerbread Bells, Lady's Nightcap, Mariettes, Mercury's Violets, St Thomas's Bell, Bell Flower, Cup and saucer
Flower, Campanula medium "Canterbury bells" - Flickr - nekonomania (1) by Yoko Nekonomania (CC BY 2.0)
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Canterbury Bells Overview
Campanula medium is a beautiful nostalgic biennial species which flowers profusely from spring to autumn. The showy bell-shaped blue, pink, purple or white flowers will add grace and elegance to your garden. Blooms are single or double flowers and this species has an upright growth habit. Leaves are lance-shaped and arranged in a basal rosette, these measure around 15cm in length. Can be easily grown from seed, but often flowers in the second year. They have long, fairly weak stems so these are better planted in a protected spot out of wind and in a group so they can support each other.
Common problems with Canterbury Bells
Slugs and snails are common pests; can be affected by powdery mildew and rust diseases.
How to harvest Canterbury Bells
Deadheading the plants regularly will encourage more blooms to develop. Keep the seed heads in paper bags until ready to sow.
How to propagate Canterbury Bells
Basal cuttings in spring.
Division best done in spring or autumn.
Sow seed directly into the garden in late spring or early summer with only a thin layer of soil covering them. Keep moist, and thin out or replant once the seedlings become large enough.
Special features of Canterbury Bells
Attracts useful insects
Including bees and butterflies.
Other uses of Canterbury Bells
Long lasting flowers are used as cut flowers in the floristry industry.
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