The Ladybells plants are also known as false campanula and they are a true star of the cottage-style garden. The Ladybells plant comes with delicate bell-shaped pendulous flowers and a pleasing periwinkle blue color. The Ladybells plants have delicate but showy and lightly fragranced blooms that appear in late spring, offering vertical interest that actually makes them useful for design purposes.


Ladybells Plants Info

The scientific name:    The scientific name is Adenophora bulleyana

The common name: The common names are false campanula, Ladybells, Lady bells.

The plant type: Herbaceous perennial.

The mature size: The mature size is up to three feet.

The sun exposure: The plant does well in partial to full sun.

The soil type: The plant is tolerant but prefers well-drained soil.

The soil pH: Tolerates all.

The blooming time: The blooming time is early summer.

The flower color: The flower colors are Pale violet blue.

USDA Hardiness Zones: USDA three to seven.

The native areas: The plant is native to Western China, Eurasia.


Ladybells Plants Care

The Ladybells plants are not particularly well suited for containers; but when they are actually planted in a suitable spot, they can reward the gardener with reliable, beautiful blooms every year. Removing spent flowers actually help to keep the plant looking neat, and also the stalks can be cut back once the flowering period has ended.

Light requirement: The Ladybells plant will do well in partial to full sun. Morning sun is actually the best. If the flowers of the plant get a bit droopy in late afternoon sunlight, you can give them a bit of extra water.

Soil requirement: The Ladybells plants are fairly tolerant of soil conditions, although they do need the one that is moist and that has good drainage. They actually benefit from some mulch to help keep the moisture levels consistent. Ladybells plants will tend to flower more eagerly in soils that is rich in organic material, so if your ladybells plant is not flowering as much as you like, you can try adding some compost, and avoid using mulches containing dye or applying herbicides near them.

Water requirement: While ladybells plants enjoy moist soil, it is also very important to avoid overwatering them. If there is a period of drought you can give them more water, but otherwise, watering them infrequently to complement regular rainfall should be okay.

Fertilizer requirement: The ladybells plants are actually lovers of rich soils, the plant will also generally appreciate being fed with fertilizer during their growing period, mainly if they are in a soil that is not quite so fertile naturally.

Pruning: Most varieties of ladybells plant will spread by reseeding themselves. It is actually a good idea to remove the flower stalk before the plant goes to seed, if you really want to prevent them from spreading throughout your garden. The taller and well-established plants will also appreciate staking support, most especially if the plants are not being cut right back at the end of their growing season.


Ladybells Propagation

The ladybells plants are fairly easy to propagate from seed or cuttings. Cold stratification is one of the best methods for preparing seeds for spring planting. Once they are established, the plants does not particularly like to be moved, so dividing the root clumps is not a recommended method of propagation. They actually spread slowly by runners and will eventually increase in size growing slightly wider at the base each year. They can also spread easily via seeds. 

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