Campanula is a lovely family of plants. Some are bought by me, some are passed along by friends, some arrive on the breeze, some are well behaved, some misbehave and some are so good they are really welcome to stay as long as they like!
I’ll start with one that is so well behaved, a little golden leaved one called C. garganica Dickson’s Gold. It is on the alpine scree and I must have bought it about 10 yrs ago. It never seems to get any bigger, it doesn’t seed around and must like the conditions in the semi shade where it is. I have just read up about it and it prefers semi shade and doesn’t like hot sun, so without knowing it, I gave it the conditions it likes!
Now for one that doesn’t have any manners at all, it puts itself everywhere! Here it is by the steps up onto the back lawn, I have to keep pulling it out by the armful otherwise I would be tumbling down the steps!
In the gravel garden at the back, it is getting close and personal with a Phormium Yellow Wave.
By the archway into the woodland it is in shade all day long, but that doesn’t bother it. Here it is with Rosa Snow Goose and Regale lilies which have just been dropped into the border now that they are flowering.
This clump is beginning to strangle a fuchsia, I must deal with it!
This clump is forming a blue moat round a small bun shaped conifer. There are other places in the garden where it is springing up, I think I’ll have to stop putting the seedheads in the compost in future!
Campanula glomerata has just turned up in the garden without being invited. It is in the front Bee and Butterfly border and in the border by the field at the side. Where did it come from, I didn’t buy it and no-body gave it to me? So far it is well behaved, but the jury’s out on this one, the first sign of it spreading too far and it will be out!
In the border by the field is another Campanula, this time with Rosa The Countryman. This Campanula was given to me by a friend but is spreading far too far, I have to chop it each year now, this is one that doesn’t know how to be well behaved! I get mixed up with my C. latifolia, lactiflora or latiloba, can anyone help please?
Further down the same border by the Cardoon is another mystery plant that just turned up one day, I like this one, it is better behaved than the previous one, but I’m not sure which variety it is, probably one of the above with the previous photo.
A white campanula has turned up in the front garden in the Bee and Butterfly border. I should have photographed it while it was in full flower, now only one flower is remaining at the top of each stem! Another that was uninvited but is welcome to stay for the moment!
I’ll finish with another view of the plant that is making a take over bid of the garden here. I enjoy it while it is flowering , but soon it will be time to be pulling all the flowering stems out.
Do you have many uninvited guests and if so, are they well behaved?