Summer’s Sun-Kissed, Freckled Blush … Campanula Punctata ‘Cherry Bells’

Sun-Kissed & Freckled, Summertime Beauty: Campanula punctata ‘Cherry Bells’ (Spotted Bellflower)

There’s a new girl in my garden, and she’s got quite a rosy blush going on. Yes, I spied this Spotted Bellflower (Campanula punctata ‘Cherry Bells’) while out shopping for a client’s new garden, and —immediately and completely charmed— I snapped up a few pots for myself. But although my beautiful ‘Cherry Bells’ look well-mannered and shy, rumor has it these girls have an aggressive side —spreading by both vigorous rhizome and seed— particularly in warmer climates. I’m afraid she may be a bit of a Scarlett O’Hara. So for now, she will remain a potted guest on my patio, while I observe her habits. I hope she behaves, because I sure don’t want to toss her from my home in that pretty gown!

Like most fine ladies, Campanula punctata ‘Cherry Bells’ prefers to settle her roots in rich earth, with protection from the mid-day sun. Dappled shade is what she likes best, really, in a spot with plenty of moisture and room to stretch. When content, ‘Cherry Bells’ will form a dense —and reportedly vigorous— floriferous ground cover; blooming her pretty little head off from early to late summer. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8, I snapped up my ‘Cherry Bells’ at a local garden center. Tempted? Well after a bit of research, I also found this beautiful bellflower online at Bluestone Perennial.

Remember, just be careful where you put her: there’s nothing mousy-Melanie about this Cherry Bell …

The Ultimate Belle: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (Cherry Colored Gown by Walter Plunkett). Film still: MGM/Warner Bros.

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4 Replies to “Summer’s Sun-Kissed, Freckled Blush … Campanula Punctata ‘Cherry Bells’”

  1. Laurrie

    I always get a kick out of your posts that compare the rich hues of flowers to the glitzy gowns of movie stars! I get my addiction fix of fashion and gardening all in one.

  2. Michaela

    @ Laurrie – Well, I’m sure glad that someone enjoys my kookiness! And I agree, flowers, food and fashion = my favorite things! Immediately thought of Scarlett when I saw this flower. So outrageously over-the-top, and yet … perfect. ;) xo M

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Wow, before you decide to deep six her, can you send a few seeds my way? (Rough-and-tumble’s a good thing in my garden: “domesticated” weeds often find a home; )

    And OMG, I guess I’ve never seen Scarlett in colour. Why on earth did I picture this dress as green vevet?? Oh wait! Carol Burnett’s skit with the curtainrod as “shoulder pads”, remember that? :D :D :D. Oops, dating myself there. (Do you remember it? If not, just ask your mom and dad; ) xo :D

  4. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Oh, almost forgot. I love your quirky slant on things… That’s just the way the kooky crumbles! xo :D

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