The Canterbury Bell has been grown in British gardens for hundreds of years. Above the wavy-edged, hairynumerous spikes of bell-shaped appear. The blooms may be single, semi-double or double and the colours range from white and rose to mauve and blue. Protect the plants from slugs in winter – stake the and dead-head the faded in summer.
VARIETIES: The Canterbury Bell is C. medium and the most popular variety is C. medium calycanthema. This is listed as ‘Cup and Saucer’ in the catalogues, so-called because of the shape of the semi-double flowers borne on this 2.5 ft plant. A much more compact Canterbury Bell is the single ‘Bells of Holland’ (1.5 ft). The giant amongstCampanulas is the 4 ft C. pyramidalis.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in a sunny spot which receives a little shade during the day.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1.5-2.5 ft.
Spacing: 1 ft.
Flowering period: May-July.
PROPAGATION: Sowin May or June – follow the Biennial technique .