Campanula trachelium 'Bernice'
Bernice Bellflower flowers
(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)
Plant Height: 16 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Other Names: Nettle-Leaf Bellflower, Throatwort, Coventry Bells
Tall sturdy stems full of frilly purple double blooms rise above mounded serrated foliage; a wonderful addition to containers, garden beds or fresh-cut arrangements; remove spent blooms to promote new growth
Bernice Bellflower has masses of beautiful spikes of purple bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Bernice Bellflower is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Bernice Bellflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Bernice Bellflower will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Bernice Bellflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.