Campanula carpatica (Carpathian bellflower) is a long blooming perennial that pairs well with many other garden plants. I’ve found that it can take a fair amount of shade and still bloom reasonably well. These bellflowers rarely require any maintenance beyond removing the faded flowers. They have been very hardy, and returned reliably after cold winters. With their charming flowers that cover the plants, they make great flowering perennials for part shade.
Carpathian bellflowers produce a constant stream of blooms all summer. You can see the new buds are green, and the buds that are just about to open are a purple colour. The flowers open to this lovely dark blue. When all of the buds open, they will cover the whole top and sides of this plant with upward and outward facing flowers. The blooms are larger than most of my bellflowers, and make a good colour show when viewed from across the garden.
I have a mixture of ‘Blaue Clips’ (Blue Clips), ‘Dark Blue Clips’ and ‘Blue Pearl’. Unfortunately, I’ve moved them too many times, and I’ve lost track of individual plants. There are definite differences in their colour range, but I’m not sure which is which, and I’m not even sure if they were tagged correctly originally. The colour range of rich blue shades on this perennial are all attractive.
Campanula carpatica pairs up well with many other perennials in the garden. Here is one group of Campanula carpatica in the middle of this garden section. In the upper right corner is a Brunnera. There is an Actae simplex (used to be Cimicifuga) (bugbane) in the upper left corner. On the lower right is a Heuchera (coral bells), and to the lower left is a Phlox divaricata (woodland phlox). A few fern fronds are also stretching in from the left.
The other perennials are moderate shade plants, and the bellflower has managed to fit in well and keep up the pretty blue flowers. Although the Campanula carpatica will have more flowers in a sunnier location, it still has a good number of blooms here where it gets a couple of hours of direct sun.
The carpathian bellflower pairs up well with other bellflowers too. Here some white C. carpatica are mixed with some bluish purple Campanula rotundifolia (harebell). I’ve found the blue, violet and white bellflowers all coordinate beautifully together. I have a number of groups of different bellflowers flowering in this corner now, and it is my favourite area in the garden right now in mid July.
These white Campanula carpatica are a mixture of two types, ‘White Uniform’ and ‘Weisse Clips’ (White Clips). At one time they were two separate groups, but after being moved a few times they are now mixed, so I can’t tell them apart. These have a long blooming period, and put on a good flower show. A bit of white adds some dazzle to all the blue and purples.
The Carpathian bellflower is my very favourite plant to deadhead. The faded blooms snap off so easily with your fingernail, without being sticky, and it doesn’t take long to deadhead a patch of this perennial. Whether I’m going out to putter around the garden, or do some specific gardening tasks, I usually stroll over and deadhead the carpatica for fun.
Campanula carpatica is very easy to grow, combines well with other plants to make some great combinations, takes a bit of shade, and has an extended blooming time. It makes a delightful addition to the garden.
There is more information about other types of Campanula on this previous bellflower post.