PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Campanula persicifolia Ex. 'Alba'|
|A typical cottage garden plant, this campanula, with its papery, nodding white bells on tall, straight stems above low-growing foliage, is perfect for the middle of the border and is particularly effective if planted en masse. A good cut flower. Since these are open-pollinated plants, some variation may occur in colour produced from the seeds on offer, but they were collected from white plants only. White plants usually have lighter-green foliage, so once seedlings are a couple of inches tall, discard dark-green plants (unless you don't mind blue!) to increase the chance of producing all white plants. A little-known fact is that the leaves of all campanulas are edible!
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow thinly on the surface in a small pot, January-March, pressing lightly into the compost. Place pot in propagator or plastic bag, and do not exclude light as this is required for germination, which should take 14-28 days. Aim to maintain a temperature of 68F. Prick out seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle, growing on in 3in pots. Harden off before planting out when risk of frost is past.|