Peach-Leafed Bellflower Has Long Stems and a Long Vase Life

   

Many white bell-shaped flowers on long stems with green    Persian cress
White peach-leafed bellflower with Persian cress as a filler

(Campanula persicifolia)

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This is a short little evergreen plant up to about a foot tall when not in bloom. Until late spring when it sends up tall flowering stems with bell shaped flowers in blue or white that open over a few weeks. The flowers last at least two weeks in the vase!

Peach-leafed Bellflower is an easy-care perennial plant. It spreads slowly to increase its flower production so you’ll get more flowers and even more plants when you divide them!                             

Peach-leafed bellflower flowers and plants

Garden bed with green foliage with white, bell-shaped flowers rising above
Bed of peach-leafed bellflower. Low foliage with long thin stems for white and some blue flowers.

The foliage forms an evergreen basal clump less than 1 ft. tall which slowly spreads outward, giving you more flowers each year and extra plants to replant elsewhere.

The flowers are bell shaped, simple, and delicate looking. They come in white, a great blending color for all the spring to summer bright colors, and light blue, a perfect color for cooling warm colors in late spring. The stems are 2-3 ft. tall, thin and wiry. The flowers open roughly from top to bottom, but not always.

The flowers last very well in the vase, 2-3 weeks, and continue to open in the vase, with no special attention. If a flower passes it’s prime on the stem you can simply remove it.

It’s called peach-leafed bellflower (or campanula) because of the narrow shape of the leaves, somewhat resembling peach leaves, different from the cups and saucers campanula (Campanula medium).

How to grow peach-leafed bellflower

Zones 3-8; full sun to part shade; Water: moderate.

It may be difficult to find plants but I have occasionally seen them in nurseries. It depends on their popularity at the time. Your best bet is to mail order plants or start them from seed. Sources are below.

Starting them from seed can feel daunting. The seeds are tiny and they take several weeks to germinate… and they’re tiny! But it’s do-able for the determined. Once they germinate, they’re still tiny for a long time. Have patience and follow the rule of not fertilizing until the first true leaves are visible. This is do-able for the determined, and worth it! But you always have the option to buy plants.

Plant them in fairly good garden soil and give them regular water, i.e., don’t let them dry out too much, but water as needed depending on the weather, the season, and your soil.

Space them about 15-18 in apart to leave them room for spreading (and producing more flowers).

Peach-leafed bellflower needs no fussy maintenance. Trim any remaining stems at the end of its bloom period. Feed with some organic fertilizer and mulch with a compost. In fall mulch with a perennial-plant type of mulch like shredded leaves. That’s it!

If you have another spot for them, divide the plants in fall or winter by separating the small plants at the outer edges and cutting the connecting roots. Replant into well-prepared, good garden soil. Water them in, fertilize with an organic fertilizer, mulch, and wait for spring!

How to harvest the peach-leafed bellflower flowers

The tall 2-3 ft. flowering stems can be cut at the base. But if you want some rebloom, cut them with about a 6 inch stub remaining. These will more likely sprout up another stem or two that will be shorter but still useful for bouquets. If you cut the stem to the base they won’t rebloom.

Use normal post-harvest handling.

Arrangement with white and blue peach-leafed bellflower and mixed colors of Alstroemerias
White and blue peach-leafed bellflower with mixed colors of Alstroemerias.

Favorite varieties of peach-leafed bellflower

Single blue bellflower
‘Telham Beauty’

There are only a few and I Iove them all.

C. persicifolia ‘Alba’: white

C. persicifolia ‘Telham Beauty’: pale blue

There’s a newer variety called ‘New Giant’ that has larger blue flowers, available at Bluestone Perennials. (I haven’t tried it yet.)

Sources for plants & seeds

Mixed bouquet with pink snapdragons, red Asltroemerias, and blue and white bellflowers.
Peach-leafed bellflowers with Alstoemerias and snapdragons

Plants:

Bluestone Perennials: ‘Alba’

Bluestone Perennials: ‘New Giant’

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials: ‘Telham Beauty’

White Flower Farm: ‘Grandiflora Alba’

Seeds:

Select Seeds

Swallowtail Garden Seeds

Hazzard’s Greenhouse

Diane’s Seeds

Flowers to go with peach-leafed bellflowers

Pale pink and dark rose-pink daisies

Painted Daisies

Nice big daisies in shades of pink to whites go nicely with bellflowers flowers in late spring.

Alstroemeria flowers in a variety of pinks

Alstroemerias

These flowers start their bloom just before the bellflowers do. And they are as tall as them and last as long, too

Bouquet of snapdragons and greenery

Snapdragon

With the right varieties you’ll have tall flowers to pair well with peach-leafed bellflowers, long-lasting, too.

Bouquet with a large daisy with tiny daisies behind it.

Shasta Daisies

These tall perennial flowers bloom around the time to put with bellflowers. Some have nice tall stems.

Feverfew: small white daisies in a bouquet

Feverfew

Here’s another tall stemmed, long-lasting flower for an arrangement to go with peach-leafed bellflower.

Sulfur yellow yarrow with a butterfly on it

‘Moonshine’ Yarrow

This variety of yarrow blooms in the spring and to add a bright yellow in arrangements.


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Simple bouquet in a vase with orange and pale yellow Alstroemerias and one stem of white peach-leafed bellflower

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