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The Roses Wisley,Lady Emma

Variable late spring through summer blooms in shades of blue, lavender, and violet predominate, but white and pink varieties are also available in this charming genus. Growing to heights ranging from three inches to thirty, there is a Campanula for almost every garden situation, from the front of the rock garden to the back of the perennial border.

Light/Watering: Most varieties will do well in full sun or light shade, the latter vital in the South for all but C. persicifolia and C. pyramidalis. Campanulas prefer evenly moist soils with good drainage and are at their best in climates with cool nights.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Bellflowers thrive in average, well-drained soils with a pH range of 6 to 8 and will benefit from one light application of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer in early spring. A mulch applied in summer will help keep your plants' roots cool, which they prefer. Keep mulch 1-2in away from the crown of your plants to avoid rot.

Pests/Diseases: Campanulas are generally pest-free but watch for distorted growth or yellowing leaves that may signal an aphid infestation. If aphids are apparent, spray them with insecticidal soap. Slime trails and ragged holes in the foliage indicate slug predation. Intervene before populations build by handpicking, trapping, or using physical barriers like diatomaceous earth or copper sheeting.

When cultural conditions are correct, Bellflowers rarely become diseased; however, they may contract rust diseases or rot diseases. Rust looks like powdery, reddish brown or orange pustules on the undersides of leaves. Remove infected foliage and plant parts and treat plants with wettable sulfur at the beginning of the next growing season to prevent recurrence. If plants turn black at the base and the crowns seem to be rotting off, soil-dwelling fungi may be the cause. Make sure the soil is well drained, and avoid overwatering and/or overcrowding. Keep winter mulches away from the crowns of the plants and clean up and destroy any affected plant parts.

Companions: Campanulas are at home in the company of Lamb's Ear (Stachys), Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla), Columbine, and Roses. Their delicate form and cool colors complement many other perennials.


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