There are many kinds of Campanula, commonly called bellflower, and I have yet to plant one I didn’t like. Campanulas are often mixed in with the cheap perennials at the big box stores: white clips, blue clips, clustered bellflower, maybe even Canterbury bells if you’re lucky. I don’t remember where I picked up this gem called Campanula persicifolia, or double bellflower. It was a showstopper, like a quaint bridal bouquet, an English cottage garden and a cross of sweet roses and blue delphiniums all rolled into one. The plump, lavender-blue blossoms had creamy tendrils at their centers, with just a dash of saffron. Their multi layered decadence was held upright on tall stems to form their own nodding bouquet cluster, which lasted for weeks – and so many photos were taken!
Technical stuff – Double campanula/Campanula persicifolia, easy perennial to zone 4, height of about 20” and spread of 12”, full to part sun, blue blooms in early to late summer.