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Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Plant pick: campanula

  • The lush lavender blooms of the campanula dominate the midspring to midsummer garden.

    Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

    The lush lavender blooms of the campanula dominate the midspring to midsummer garden.

WHAT: A campanula called Birch Hybrid steals the garden stage from midspring through midsummer despite its modest size with its masses of lilac-blue flowers and fresh green foliage.
While people love this easy-to grow perennial, deer and rabbits do not, making this plant a reliable, long-blooming performer for critter-challenged landscapes.
WHY PLANT IT: This campanula has an attractive cottage-garden look when grown in a border or as a ground cover, and it is equally charming tumbling out of rockeries and containers.
WHERE: This evergreen perennial likes full sun to open shade. It prefers a rich moist yet well-drained soil and regular watering during summer months. Gently shear off the old flower stalks and up to one-third of the plant after bloom ends to keep it looking its best throughout the growing season.
SIZE: It grows to 6 inches high with a 2-foot spread.
Seasonal Interest: Mid-spring to mid-summer flowers
This evergreen perennial grows well in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a rich moist or well-drained soil. Provide regular watering during the summer.
LEARN MORE: www.greatplantpicks.org.
Story tags » Gardening

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