Bells in garden design

Bell for flower beds, rock gardens, rockeries and borders

The bell got its romantic name due to the shape of a flower that resembles a small bell. These beautiful plants can be grown in both biennial and perennial crops. They differ in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, graceful flowers and their bright colors.

Bells are very decorative, it can be said without exaggeration that not a single garden plot can do without them. In the process of their development, these plants form bushes with straight and strong peduncles, bearing flowers at the very top. Bells bloom for quite a long time - until all the buds bloom to the last.

Blue bells

Bells are used in absolutely any mixed planting, since with their gentle and romantic appearance they bring a piece of touching simplicity to any composition.

Tall varieties of bells are often planted in the very center of a flower bed or flower bed. Others, for example, Carpathian bells look very impressive and grow well under the crown of trees.

Low-growing bells are most often used for group plantings, and they are excellent as the main "building unit" of the border. The Carpathian bell, as well as the low forms of the crowded bell, are perfect for creating rose gardens. It is pleasant to look at these beautiful plants placed on rocky hills. Any florist is quite capable of choosing such types of bells so that they delight the eyes of the garden owner with their flowering from June to September.

Bell agrotechnics

Carpathian bell on an alpine slide

The big plus of bells is that they are absolutely undemanding to the soil, although, of course, they feel better in well-cultivated, loose, fertile and moderately moist areas.

Absolutely all bells prefer light partial shade, but in the sun, with even a slight lack of moisture, they are weaker and bloom less.

Remember that it is preferable to use stunted types of bells in compositions, since tall ones after flowering lose their decorative effect, and they must be completely cut out. As for watering, it is, of course, necessary, especially in dry weather, when the soil is saturated with moisture at least three times a week, and only in the evening. To avoid breakage from strong gusts of wind, it is still better to tie tall bell plants to pegs.

Bell carpathian white

Need and top dressing, which is carried out throughout the summer. The purpose of feeding can be different, for example, for better tillering, plants can be fed with organic fertilizers, nitrophosphate.

The next top dressing is best done during the flowering period of the very first bells with potassium sulfate. The third top dressing is best done immediately after flowering with potassium sulfate or superphosphate.

Wood ash also helps plants, which should be scattered around the plant as much as possible: it is not only rich in trace elements, which is well known to everyone, but also reduces the acidity of the soil, and bells do not grow on acidic soils.

Crowded blue bell

Absolutely all bells are propagated by sowing seeds, which can be carried out in autumn and spring, sowing seeds both in the ground and in boxes (in order to obtain seedlings, in March). The seeds of the bells are very small, so there is no need to cover them with soil.

Seedlings grow very slowly and require picking. When planting in a permanent place, it is necessary to take into account the fact that the plants are bushy, therefore the optimal distance between them should be at least 40-45 centimeters. Bells usually bloom in the second year.

For reproduction of bells, another method is less often used - dividing the bush. This applies only to large plants, which are divided into the fifth or sixth year of their life, usually in early May or August, and are planted immediately after division.

Plants can often be obtained from self-sowing; it is abundant in bells. In order to somewhat extend the flowering period and enhance the decorative effect, it is necessary to remove faded flowers in a timely manner.

Of the positive qualities, one can note the high winter hardiness of bells, which allows them to do even without shelter for the winter, but still it is better not to risk it and cover the plants with peat or compost.

Bellflower pests and diseases

Bell carpathian blue

There are not so many of them - root rot, root collar, rust and powdery mildew of leaves. Often they harm the bells of aphids, drooling pennits, slugs. Measures to combat root rot consist in treating the bells, both before flowering and after with copper sulfate, diluting 100 g of the drug in a bucket of water.

The preparation Topaz helps against rust and powdery mildew - 4 ml per bucket of water at a consumption of about a liter per 10 square meters.

The drug "Iskra" helps against pests, one tablet of which is diluted in a bucket of water and sprayed with a liter of the resulting solution per square meter of the flower bed. Metaldehyde will help protect you from slugs, thirty grams of which will allow you to process 10 square meters of area. Treatments are usually carried out in late May - early June.

Types and varieties of bells:

Bell peach

Bell carpathian white - a graceful and beautiful flower. The plant reaches a height of 40-50 cm and requires small supports. The flowers are of an interesting funnel-bell-shaped shape, snow-white, reaching 5.5 centimeters in diameter. The plant is very light-loving, rather winter-hardy.

It can grow in one place for a very long time. Propagated by seeds or by dividing the bush. Ideal for rocky slides, curbs, this flower is also great in cut. Blooms for a very long time - from June to August.

Crowded blue bell - this plant reaches a height of 60 centimeters and requires support during the flowering period, because it can be broken by a gust of wind. This bell is the finest decoration in rockeries. Its flowers are blue-violet, reach a diameter of 2 centimeters, and form stunning capitate inflorescences. In one place the plant can grow up to 7 years. Blooms from June to late July.

Bell carpathian blue - the plant reaches a height of 25 centimeters and does not require support at all. During growth, forms a bush, reaching a diameter of 40 centimeters. The flowers are medium-sized (up to 3 centimeters in diameter), blue, cupped. In one place, this bell can grow up to seven years. Blooms from early June to late August.

Gargan bell

Bell peach, grade Snow White - a plant that reaches a height of about 80 centimeters. It blooms with large, snow-white bell-shaped flowers, collected in apical inflorescences. The favorite places of this bell are sunny and inaccessible to the wind areas.

Prefers fertile soils. This bell, due to its gorgeous flowers, is perfect for cutting; flowers, collected in a bouquet and placed in water, can stand up to two weeks without deterioration. This bell is propagated by seeds, which are sown in late March or early April. It is better to sow them in boxes, without covering them with earth after that.

Bell gargan blue - very interesting, low (up to 15 centimeters in height) plants. They have charming blue flowers with petals that resemble stars. In one place, this type of bell can grow up to six years. Most often it is used to create rocky slides. True, this bell is not winter-hardy enough, so for the winter it needs to be mulched with peat or sawdust. Blooms throughout July.

Irina Guryeva,
employee of the department of berry crops
GNU VNIIS them. I.V. Michurina

Haze: big thigh ‘Rosea’ (Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’)

It just so happened that the thigh always strives to crawl forward to show off in the foreground of the flower garden. I myself, I must admit, not only allow him this, but even welcome.

Big thigh 'Rosea'

If we want to get the long-awaited pink cloud in July, enveloping all neighbors - from rose to hydrangea, from erythematosus to lyatrice - we must first of all decide what to plant it with.

The thigh always strives to crawl forward, to be in the foreground of the flower garden

Block landing in this case is less interesting: its foliage is not the most attractive among their kind, the thigh is a little aggressive, crawling, unstructured - there are problems. Therefore, we mix and are not afraid of strange, at first glance inexplicable combinations. The thigh is good everywhere and with everyone.

I planted it in the rose garden, and in the front flower garden, and with cereals, and in the shade with primroses and boron. Of course, to get a smoky effect, I have used the so-called "smoky trio" more than once: big astrantia, ‘Pink Star’ aster. As you probably guessed, each plant is responsible for its own season, so the haze effect persists all the time. For example, in another area, the aster was replaced with a chelone and a completely different result was obtained. Not worse, but different.

We mix and are not afraid of strange combinations. The thigh is good everywhere and with everyone

And I also like the way he behaves with cyanosis (also, after all, a plant in the first half of summer). At first the cyanosis thrives, then it is pruned, and by July we have beautiful mounds of fern-like foliage, to which the thighbolt inclines its fading umbrellas. It will not be superfluous to plant Astrantia. You can also play with shades of blue, taking, for example, various bells, sage, small petals and erythematosus, and as a light haze - a thigh.

Another version of the composition with a thigh: in a mix with Veronica ‘Baby Doll’ and next to a pike on one side and geranium ‘Patricia’ on the other. It is clear that the combination with a pike is beyond competition. Although there is one more contender for the high title of "best partner of the thigh" - he is also a little aggressive, it is also a plant for natural gardens, also from the series of "weeds". We are talking about the pink ‘Stahl Rose’ fireweed.

The thigh is appropriate in different compositions and combinations

Once I was planting another ceremonial flower garden, and the beard became a companion and unifying element for the collection of bearded irises. After all, who, if not he, could so effectively cover their ugly leaves. And, of course, my dream is to make a meadow with a mass of thigh, so that the pink cloud reaches the horizon. This is where pink fireweed comes in handy. So contact us.

Bright bells in the garden: a blue miracle among stones


Probably not a single site is complete without bells - these wonderful little plants, the flowers of which look like mini-bells. Bells are extremely decorative, appropriate almost everywhere and unpretentious, which makes them welcome guests in flower beds.

At the same time, only the shape of the flower is the same for all bells - the size, splendor, color of the petals and the flowering time are very different. So, by planting several different varieties side by side, you can achieve continuous flowering throughout the season.

The romantic and delicate look of these plants allows you to use them in almost any composition - they will look equally good in a simple rural-style flower garden, and among stones on an alpine slide, and in a luxurious rose garden. So place them boldly, you will definitely not ruin your garden with bells.

These flowers grow well in tree-trunk circles, the Carpathian bell with its superficial root system and shade tolerance is especially suitable for these purposes. It will bloom beautifully in such conditions and will be extremely decorative at the planting site.

I must say that although bells prefer loose, nutritious and moist soil, these plants feel fine even on rather poor and rocky soil, and this tolerance of not the best conditions makes bells irreplaceable.

The only condition that must be observed when landing is to find partial shade. If you plant the bells in the bright sun, then they will need to be watered often, otherwise you will not wait for good flowering. With a minimal lack of moisture in the soil in the sun, the bells begin to bloom much weaker. This applies to absolutely all types.

Bells are tall and low. It is best to use undersized varieties in compositions, as they are more decorative. High varieties become sloppy after flowering and will have to be completely cut out. But the low bushes will look like neat hats.

Bellflower seeds are planted for seedlings in March, they germinate very slowly and seedlings require picking as soon as the first leaves appear on them. Keep in mind that all bells grow quite wide in width, so when planting them in open ground, leave at least 40 centimeters between the seedlings.

You can plant seeds in open ground, and they do it both in spring and autumn. By the way, bells reproduce well by self-seeding, just keep in mind that plants will bloom in the second year.

This applies to all varieties, among which the most common are Carpathian and crowded bells.

Bells are not susceptible to diseases, however, in order to play it safe and be sure that the plants will be healthy, you can treat them with copper sulfate before flowering - just dissolve 100 g of the substance in a bucket of water and spill your bushes properly.

By the way, slugs also love bells, so it is better to mulch plantings, so insects will not damage your plants slugs do not crawl over peat and sawdust.

Bells are a sure-fire option for any garden, so be sure to find a place on your site for these bright little handsome men.

Having planted seeds or seedlings once, all subsequent years you will admire the lush flowering.

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