Campanula ‘Haylodgensis’ (haylodge bellflower) is a sweet double flowering Campanula with small lavender blue flowers on a dwarf plant. The many folded petals on each flower are exquisite. These bellflower plants looks delicate, but they have overwintered in zone 3 very well.
Haylodgensis is a cross between Campanula cochlearifolia (fairy thimble bellflower) and Campanula carpatica (carpathian bellflower), both of which grow well in my garden. You can see many of their traits in these plants. The double flowers remind me of the C. cochlearifolia ‘Elizabeth Oliver’ double, but these are about twice the size.
My group of Haylodgensis are currently growing in a spot that’s probably a little too shady, but they still get a good number of flowers. They are not as upright, because their current garden site gets more shade than I thought it would when I first planted them. They have tolerated a low amount of light in my garden, but when they are finished blooming this year I’m going to transplant them to a part-shade garden area that gets a bit more sun.
The flowers of haylodge bellflower are like miniature rose flowers, with petals that curve back slightly. They face mostly upwards and outwards, so they are easy to admire. In the above photo I seem to have captured mostly the back of the pretty flowers, but it does show their wonderful colour. These plants didn’t start blooming until the beginning of August in my garden, which is the latest of all of my Campanula. I wonder if they would start blooming earlier with a little more light too.
The dwarf perennials are about 10 cm (4 inches) tall, so they look good at the front of the border, where you can easily admire the beautiful lavender blue petals. Mine are planted next to a sidewalk, and they soften the edge.
Campanula ‘Haylodgensis’ are more hardy than their dainty look suggests. They are a charming little perennial, covered in beautiful flowers, with a multitude of petals. You can read about another double bellflower, ‘Elizabeth Oliver’, in this follow up post.