20 Bell-Shaped Flowers for your Garden
Bell-shaped flowers can be a real boost for your landscape. They can be grown in-ground, in containers or even hanging baskets.
If you are planning your garden and you need ideas for bell-shaped flowers, this list for sure will help you. In this article, I will present 20 bell-shaped flowers.
Also, you can check my other two articles where I talked about 20 pink shrubs and trees or 20 star-shaped flowers.
So, let’s talk about the bell-shaped flowers.
1. Common Columbine
Common Columbine is also known as Aquilegia, Granny’s Nightcap, Granny’s Bonnet, and it is native to Europe. This bell-shaped flower is very easy to grow and it is perennial.
Common Columbine can grow in most conditions and it doesn’t need too much attention. This flower is self-seeding; therefore, if you don’t want it to spread, then you should remove the seed heads before these releases the seeds.
Common Columbine blooms during spring in various colors such as pink, violet or white. The foliage has grey-green color and it makes a nice contrast with the bell-shaped flowers.
These flowers enjoy full sun, however, not the hot sun. So, if you live in a hot climate, you should grow them in partial shade.
Common Columbine is a flower that will look very nice in woodland gardens, damp places and cottage gardens.
2. Colorado Blue Columbine
The next bell-shaped flower is Colorado Blue Columbine that is also known as Aquilegia Coerulea or Rocky Mountain Columbine.
This plant has double, upright, blue and white flowers and rises above the foliage which is light-green and deeply cut.
Colorado Blue Columbine is a perennial plant but doesn’t live for many years. Instead, it spread easily by self-seeding.
Because of its nectar abundance, this plant is perfect to attract hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators.
Colorado Blue Columbine likes shade and is perfect for rocky gardens, woodland gardens and damp places.
3. Fan Columbine
The third bell-shaped flower is the Fan Columbine which has other common names such as Dwarf Fam Columbine, Aquilegia Japonica or Miyama-odamaki.
This plant is smaller than the other two Columbine varieties above. Fan Columbine grows only 12-18 inches/ 30-45 cm in height and 18-24 inches/45-60 cm in width.
Its double flowers are blue and white, that bloom during late spring and early summer.
Fan Columbine is also a perennial that spreads with seeds and attracts many pollinators.
Loves full sun or partial shade, and because of its small size, this can be easily grown in containers or pots.
Bellflowers or Campanula is an easy-growing perennial that is flowering from May to September.
The flowers are bell-shaped but sometimes they open that much that they seem like some flat stars. It has violet, blueish flowers and light-green foliage.
Depending on the variety, Bellflowers can grow somewhere between 8-40 inches/ 20-101 cm.
Bellflowers grow well in full sun and partial shade also and will enjoy any place in your garden. You can grow it in containers or pots as well, on your balcony or patio.
It enjoys any kind of soil but you make sure it is moist.
Bellflowers are perfect for ground cover or to mark edges, rocky gardens or perennial beds.
5. Tussock Bellflower
Tussock Bellflower is also known as Blaue Clips or Campanula Carpatica.
It has toothed and rounded light green leaves and upturned, bowl-shaped and blue flowers. Tussock Bellflower blooms in the late spring or early summer.
This can grow up to 10 inches/ 25 cm tall, but in 2-5 years, when it matures, this will grow up to 20 inches/ 50 cm.
Tussock Bellflower prefers light shade because it cannot stand the hot temperatures. Its soil should be always moist, but not wet.
This variety of Bellflower is perfect for rocky gardens and border edges. It can also be grown in pots or containers so you can enjoy some color on your balcony as well.
6. Clustered Bellflower
Clustered Bellflower or Campanula Glomerata is an eye-catching, vigorous perennial. It brings lovely colors to your garden in late spring or early summer.
As its name states, “clustered”, the flowers are blooming in dense clusters. The color of the flowers can be violet-blue or white and are upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers.
Clustered Bellflower is easy to grow as it is pest and disease-free and also deer and rabbit-resistant.
If you want to attract pollinators to your garden, this flower will do its job well.
Grows in full sun or light shade, and moist, well-drained soil. If all the needed conditions are given, Clustered Bellflower can grow up to 6-24 inches/ 15-60 cm tall and 12-36 inches/ 30-90 cm wide.
Clustered Bellflower is perfect for rock gardens, cottage gardens, beds, borders or even containers or pots.
These can be excellent cut flowers that can last up to 2 weeks in a vase.
7. Canterbury Bells
Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) is an upright biennial plant, which means this will grow every second year.
It has broadly bell-shaped, pink, violet, blue or white flowers that are blooming late spring to mid-summer. The flowers are on a long leafy stem, and at their base are lance-shaped, dark green leaves.
The plant grows in sturdy clumps and can be up to 20-26 inches/ 50-65 cm tall and 12-18 inches/ 30-45 cm wide.
Canterbury Bells attracts pollinators and keeps away deer and rabbits.
This flower is perfect for beds, borders, cottage gardens or even pots and containers.
8. Peach-leaved Bellflower
Peach-leaved Bellflower or in other names Fairy Bellflower, Fair Bells, Peach Bells, Willow Bell or Campanula Persicifolia is a clump-forming perennial plant.
The flowers are bell-shaped, outward-facing, single or double, in shades of violet to white and are growing on tall, sturdy stems. They bloom in early and mid-summer. It flowers longer if you cut the deadheads.
The foliage has bright green leaves that are narrow and toothed and it reminds us of peach tree leaves.
Peach-leaved Bellflower is deer resistant and disease and pest-free; therefore, it is easy to grow.
It can spread with seeds; however, it is never invasive. This can be evergreen in warmer climates.
The plant can grow up to 18-36 inches/ 45-90 cm in height and 12-18 inches/ 30-45 cm in width.
It is ideal for beds, borders, cottage gardens or naturalized areas. If you plant them in groups, you will get the best visual impact.
9. Dalmatian Bellflower
If you are looking for a bell-shaped flower as a ground cover, then THIS is the one.
Dalmatian Bellflower is a low-growing perennial evergreen plant, that has a deep lavender purple color.
It blooms from the early to late summer and is abundant in flowers. The leaves are small, heart-shaped and mid-green.
Loves full sun or partial shade and moist but well-drained soil.
The plant will grow up to 8-12 inches/ 20-30 cm in height and 24-36 inches/ 60-90 cm wide. It looks best when is planted in groups.
Dalmatian Bellflower is great to grow in hanging baskets, pots, rock gardens, groundcover or edging.
10. Serbian Bellflower
Serbian Bellflower is also a low-growing perennial that has bell-shaped flowers. This grows up to 4-6 inches/ 10-15 cm tall and spreads 18-24 inches/ 45-60 m, so this could be another option for ground covering in your garden.
Serbian Bellflower blooms from late spring to early summer and offers us masses of flowers that are light purple. The leaves are mid-green and can be evergreen in warm climates.
Loves full sun; however not the hot sun. If you live in a hot climate, you should plant it in partial shade and ensure constant moisture in its soil.
Serbian Bellflower is ideal for edging, ground cover, containers, rock gardens, cottage gardens and city gardens also.
11. Creeping Bellflower
The Creeping Bellflower is another perennial plant that has bell-shaped flowers. Its other common names are Campanula rapunculoides, Rampion Bellflower or European Bellflower.
The flowers are growing in a cluster along one side, at the top of the stem. These bell-shaped flowers are about 1 inch/ 2.5 cm and can have blue, blue-violet or purple colors. It blooms from June until October.
The stem of the plant is erect and has a color of green to purple. The leaves of Creeping Bellflowers are green and rough-textured. These are heart-shaped and are pointed at the tip.
This can grow in almost every condition and any soil. Grows best in sun and partial shade, but this can grow in deciduous woods as well.
This plant is good to attract pollinators to your garden. Although bellflowers are easy to grow, Creeping Bellflower can become easily invasive because this can spread through seeds, also through its roots.
12. Redvein Enkianthus
Redvein Enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus) is a deciduous shrub that is native to Japan and can be grown even in containers.
This has spectacular red-veined, creamy-yellow to white-pink flowers during the late spring until mid-summer.
The green leaves are growing in clusters at the tips of the branches and they turn to orange and red colors in fall.
Redvein Enkianthus can grow up to 6-10 feet/ 1.8 – 3 meters in height and can spread 4-6 feet/ 1.2 -1.8 meters.
It is perfect for borders, foundation planting or even in a large container on your patio.
13. Spanish Bluebell
Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides Hispanica), Spanish Squill, or Wood Hyacinth is another popular bell-shaped flower. It is a bulbous perennial that grows up to 16 inches/40 cm in height.
These flowers are not fragrant, but they still attract the pollinators such as bees, butterflies and bumblebees.
Spanish Bluebell’s bloom time is from mid-spring to late spring. The flowers are growing all around the upright stem and can be white, pale blue and dusty pinkish lilac.
The leaves of the Spanish Bluebell are glossy green and wide, and they form a large clump at the bottom of the plant.
Spanish Bluebells are very hardy, so you can just plant the bulbs and forget about them. You will get a nice surprise every spring when they emerge from the ground.
These flowers are excellent to plant in areas where other plants may not grow, because Spanish Bluebell, as I said are very hardy and will grow in these areas also.
You will get the best effect if you plant them in groups.
You can plant them in containers, or any other gardens, and these are very nice as cut flowers as well in a vase.
14. English Bluebells
English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial wildflower that has a bell-shaped flower as well. It is native to the British Isles, but now can be found all around Europe and North America.
It is similar to the Spanish Bluebell, but this is not that hardy and there are some other differences as well. However, if you don’t know these little details that differentiate them, you can get confused easily.
English Bluebell has narrow leaves that are green and glossy. The flowers grow only on one side of the upright stem and these are deep blue, sometimes white, rarely pink. They bloom from April to May.
The shape of the flowers is like a tube and the tips of the flowers are curled back.
English Bluebells have a distinct sweet and fruity fragrance. If you plant them in large groups, then the fragrance can be smelled all over your garden.
As these flowers’ natural habitat is in woodlands, these grow best in partial shade and will grow in any garden.
English Bluebells can be also grown in containers or can be perfect as cut flowers.
15. Yellow Wax Bell
Yellow Wax Bell (Kirengeshoma palmata) is a perennial native to Japan and Korea. It is a woodland plant, that doesn’t like too sunny and dry places.
So, if you live in a mountain area, or you have a shady and moist garden, this can be a very nice bush-like plant to enjoy in your landscape.
This plant grows in height up to 35-47 inches/ 90-120 cm and spreads to 29-35 inches/ 75-90 cm.
The flowers of the Yellow Wax Bell are bell-shaped (hence its name), butter-yellow and are blooming in mid-summer to early fall.
The foliage of this plant is green and the leaves are shaped like the maple tree leaf.
To ensure its growth, make sure you provide rich and moist soil. By doing so, you will enjoy a wonderful yellow bell-shaped flowered plant in your landscape.
Bells-of-Ireland, in other names Shellflower or Molucella Laevis, is an annual plant that produces bell-like flowers.
These unusual pale green and bell-shaped calyxes (the leaves) are growing densely along the stem and inside of these are the flowers which are tiny but surprisingly fragrant.
Some other long leaves can be found between the bells, with pairs of small spikes bellow each calyx.
Despite the name, this plant is native to western Asia, Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus.
This plant can grow up to 4 feet/ 120 cm, so it is perfect as a companion background plant.
Bells-of-Ireland is easy to grow from seeds and is perfect to be used as long-lasting flowers in any arrangement.
17. Balloon Flower
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflours) is another perennial plant that has bell-shaped flowers. Its name comes from the fact that before the bell-shaped flowers are blooming, balloon-like buds swell along the stem.
The flowers can be white, purple or pink and they look like the well-known Bellflowers. These two are actually cousins.
These can grow quite tall, up to 1-2.5 feet/ 30- 75 cm tall and wide, so they might need some staking so they are not leaning on the ground.
Balloon Flowers love the full sun or partial shade, and they need moist but well-drained soil. These will self-seed; therefore, are easy to be grown in every garden.
Balloon Flower can bloom all summer, so it is perfect for rock gardens, borders or even in containers.
18. Foxgloves Flowers
Foxgloves Flowers are biennials (flowering from their second year) or short-lived perennials and can be evergreen. These plants are easy to grow because they are self-seeding, so you don’t have to bother by planting them every few years.
These plants tend to grow up to 5 feet/ 1.5 meters, so it is best to plant them as background plants or background borders.
Their flowers are large, bell-like or trumpet-like, and colorful. They are also nectar-rich; therefore, these flowers will attract pollinators to your garden.
If you intend to plant Foxglove flowers in your garden, you must know and keep in mind that these flowers are highly poisonous if ingested. In early medicine, parts of Foxglove flowers were used in heart medication.
This plant is spectacular when in bloom (summer) with its tubular flowers on the erect stem.
Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the iconic bulbous, perennial flowers that grow out of the snow in late winter or early spring. These are amongst the first flowers that grow as the first sign of spring.
They grow up to 3-6 inches/ 7-15 cm, and as I said, they can grow while the snow is still present in your landscape. These can bloom from January until March.
The flower of the Snowdrop is white and is bell-shaped, each carried on a single stem. The leaves are narrow, dark green and erect.
Snowdrops give you the best effect when planted in clumps.
Fuchsia is a perennial shrub that can be an annual if you live in a cold area where the winters are frosty.
It is easy to grow and its flowers will last all summer long. It is very popular because of its hanging bell-shaped, two-colored flowers. The colors can vary from shades and combinations of white, candy pink, magenta, purple and red.
The foliage is usually green, but some varieties have purple or red-tinged leaves or even golden or multi-colored foliage.
Fuchsia loves sunshine, so you should plant it in full sun or bright shade, but they need well-moisturized soil.
The flowers will attract many pollinators and also hummingbirds. These flowers are followed by small purple berries, and both are edible. The flowers themselves are often used in cake decorations, and the berries are used for jams.
Fuchsia can be trained to grow as a bush, or on a trellis, but most often is planted in hanging baskets.
These are only 20 bell-shaped flowers that can be planted in your garden. But the list could continue, as there are many more wonderful flowers that are shaped like bells.
Choosing the best plant for your garden’s features and the climate where you live isn’t easy, but fortunately, there are so many flowers you can choose from.