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Well-known species include the northern temperate Campanula rotundifolia, commonly known as harebell in England and bluebell in Scotland and Ireland (though it is not closely related to the true bluebells), and the southern European Campanula medium, commonly known as Canterbury bells (a popular garden plant in the United Kingdom). As well as several species occurring naturally in the wild in northern Europe, there are many cultivated garden species. The classification of some Campanulaceae genera as either part of Campanula or separate genera can vary by system, including Azorina, Campanulastrum, Canarina, Edraianthus, Musschia, Ostrowskia, and Platycodon. Some genera previously not segregated from Campanula currently are segregated in some systems, including Annaea, Gadellia, and Theodorovia. Hemisphaera was formerly Campanula, subsect. Scapiflorae, and Neocodon was Campanula sect. Rapunculus.
Blooming in shades of blue, purple, pink or white, Campanula (Bellflowers) are perfect for beds and borders, particularly in areas with cool summers. Whether annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, they proudly display their bell or star-shaped flowers in late spring or summer and help create lovely combinations.Most campanulas grow naturally on chalky grasslands and woodland edges, which is fantastic news if you’re gardening on an alkaline soil. Campanulas require moist but well-drained soil – they tend to suffer in winter wet. Some thrive in sun while others tolerate shade. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering. Taller species can be cut back in autumn.
Campanula glomerata is suited to relaxed herbaceous borders or cottage garden schemes, adding bursts of colour with the clusters of brightly-coloured flowers. You can also pick from a number of beautiful cultivars with pink or white flowers. Grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Noted for its extremely long blooming season, Campanula 'Summertime Blues' is a clump-forming perennial with masses of large, pendulous, bell-shaped, silvery blue flowers from late spring to early fall. Borne on erect, burgundy stems, the flowers rise up from a rosette of fresh green leaves. A well-behaved, non spreading Bellflower that is perfect for sunny or partly shaded borders, cottage gardens or small gardens. (Source: www.gardenia.net)