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Campanula 'Joe Elliott'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bellflower 'Joe Elliott'

Family

Campanulaceae


Campanula may be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with bell or star-shaped, often blue, flowers in late spring or summer

'Joe Elliott' is a perennial forming a compact, gently spreading clump to 8cm tall, with small, heart-shaped grey-green leaves. Funnel-shaped lavender-blue flowers 3-4cm long are borne 2-3 together on wiry stems

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

It will not tolerate winter wet. Grow in a scree bed, in tufa, in gritty moist but sharply drained soil in a trough. Alternatively grow in alpine house in loam based potting compost such as John Innes No. 2 with one-third by volume of grit

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring or autumn or from basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Vulnerable to attack by slugs and snails. Aphids and glasshouse red spider mite may be problem under glass

Diseases

Can suffer from powdery mildew and rust