Creating your garden and upkeep it can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the spring and summer seasons. Gardening isn’t usually too demanding while being a nice source of mental stimulation, and there is a huge range of vegetables, plants, shrubs, and bell-shaped flowers you can add to make it more enjoyable.
If you want to create a stunning ornamental garden, you can have several bell-shaped flowers that look very distinct from most other flowers in the garden. They come in a range of shapes, colors, and sizes that you can grow in raised garden beds or in containers without a problem.
Since these bell-shaped flowers come in a range of sizes and colors, it’s easy to add them to your landscape design or pop them in pots and place them around your porch or deck. They’re commonly found lining country ditches and roads. There are many different families when it comes to bell-shaped flowers, and a lot of them do well with a moderate amount of water and full sunlight.
As a bonus, this plant can usually grow in virtually any soil type, and this makes them very easy to plant and maintain. We’re going to outline 29 bewitching bell-shaped flowers for you to consider adding to your garden this year below.
Bellflowers make charming additions to your garden or landscape, and they do very well planted in containers too. Bellflower by Peter Stenzel / CC BY-ND 2.0
1. Adriatic Bellflower (Campanula fenestrellata)
This is a pretty blue-hued bell-shaped flower that works wonderfully as a groundcover. It only requires a very moderate amount of water for it to flourish and grow. You can find it in fields or growing alongside ponds out in the country. It adds pops of stunning color to any landscape, and it’s a great attractant for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, moths, beetles, and flies for pollination. As a bonus, this flower is capable of self-pollination, and you can grow it indoors during the winter months because it handles transplanting very well.
2. Alpine Bellflower (Campanula alpestris)
Better known as the Allioni’s Bell, this bell-shaped flower will get around six inches tall at full maturity. It’s a very slow-spreading ground cover plant that grows best when it’s in an area with partial shade to full sun. Usually, it’ll produce lavender-colored flowers during the late spring and early summer months. Since you tend to use this as a groundcover that will come back each year, it works well in Alpine Gardening projects.
It works well to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, and you can transplant it easily without causing damage to the plants. During the winter months, you can grow it indoors in a one gallon, three gallon, or larger container as long as each container has excellent drainage. This is a beautiful bell-shaped flower that will look stunning as a landscape flower or in a wedding bouquet.
3. Bearded Bellflower (Campanula barbata)
This bearded bell-shaped flower grows wonderfully in partial shade or full sun conditions, and you’ll get a stunning lavender coloring. It’s a very small plant that will only get roughly an inch tall at full maturity, and it starts to bloom in the late spring months to early summer with a taproot system. It does well in Alpine Gardening systems, and you generally use it as a ground cover that comes back each year. It attracts a range of pollinators to it, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. It can handle being transplanted, and it’s suitable for winter sowing.
4. Bells of Ireland (Moluccella Laevis)
The Bells of Ireland is a pretty bell-shaped flower that is a perennial, and you can find it in a huge range of blue hues. It can get up to 10-inches tall at full maturity, and it likes to be in the full sun with very moderate water intake. The flower comes with a pretty bell shape in pink, purple, white, or blue.
You can find this bell-shaped flower growing wild in woodland gardens because it won’t do well in wet or dry conditions. When the weather outside is very mild, you can cut back on watering these plants. You should plant them in the early spring months right after the last frost recedes.
5. Birch-Leaved Bellflower (Campanula betulifolia)
You could easily find this pretty bell-shaped flower growing right in the middle of a sunny meadow during the spring and summer months. Ideally, it’ll get full sunlight for six to eight hours a day to thrive, but it can grow in partial shade too. This is a groundcover flower that you can easily cut to put in a flower arrangement. It attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and you can transplant it easily if you want to grow it indoors during the winter months before putting it back outside in the spring.
6. Canterbury Bell Flower (Campanula medium)
This is another spring flowering perennial with a bell-shaped flower, and it can get up to a foot tall when it’s fully mature. It is part of the Campanulaceae family, and you can find it growing wild throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, and South America.
The flowers on this plant are usually pink or blue with white streaks on the inside of each petal. They look just like tiny bells that come in full clusters at the end of long and delicate branches. This particular flower will give off a very light fragrance that smells just like licorice if you get too close to it. They like anything from full sunlight to shade, but they don’t like sun if it’s very hot out. The best time to plant this flower is in the autumn because they like more mild and cooler weather conditions.
7. Carpathian Bellflower (Campanula carpatica)
You may hear this bell-shaped flower referred to as the Tussock Bellflower or the Carpathian Harebell. It’s a pretty perennial herb that needs you to water it moderately, and it is best planted in Zone 8b. It can get up to a foot tall in optimal conditions, and it needs at least partial sun with dappled shade or full sun. You’ll get a showy white or blue flower that will blossom during the late spring months, through the summer, and die back in the fall.
You want to use it as a ground cover due to how short it is, or you can use it as a cut flower. It will be an annual that works to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to your space. It makes a nice addition to your landscaping, especially around sidewalks or in a border, or in your driveway or patio.
This bell-shaped flower will self-fertilize, but it needs temperatures to stay right around 65 degrees F. It’ll germinate within one to three weeks, and you should plant the seed right at surface level. It’s a nice plant to use for winter sowing, or you can start it inside. The pollinators that flock to this plant include butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, and flies. You can grow it in one to three gallon containers, and it does well in poor soil.
Even though this is technically a herb, it produces a very pretty purple flower in the early spring months. Campanula carpatica by sparkleice / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
8. Chimney Bellflower (Campanula pyramidalis)
You’ll get star-shaped pink, blue, or lavender flowers that can get up to an impressive six feet tall at full maturity, and this makes this bell-shaped flower look great in a big pot on your patio or porch. It needs you to water it moderately and have dappled or partial shade to full sunlight to thrive and grow. You’ll get semi-evergreen leaves and blossoms during the late summer months to the early autumn. It can grow in several soil types, but it does best planted in rich, dark soil.
9. Clustered Bellflower (Campanula glomerata)
This bell-shaped flower is native to Europe, and it’s a beautiful addition to your garden that you can easily start indoors and transplant outside after the frost recedes. It needs full, direct sun and it won’t do well in shade. You can use it as a plug plant for landscaping, and you may hear people refer to it as Dane’s Blood. It is a pretty shade of purple, and it has evergreen leaves.
You’ll water it moderately to encourage good growth, and the flowers will get up to two inches across. It spreads using underground runners and flowers in the later spring months to the early summer. After a cold period, it’ll self-germinate, so you want to sow and transplant it in the winter. As long as you give it water, it can do well in any soil.
10. Dalmatian Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana)
This very popular bell-shaped flower is great for helping to fill in the space between stepping stones in your walkway or garden, and it looks fabulous peeking over your retaining walls. They add a nice splash of purple or blue flowers with dark green leaves in your landscape.
You may hear this plant referred to as the Wall Bellflower or the Adria Bellflower, and it’s classified as a herbaceous perennial flower that will get almost a foot wide and six inches tall at full maturity. They need a medium amount of water in a soil that drains very well to encourage springtime blooms.
11. Dwarf Bellflower (Campanula punctata ‘Little Punky’)
Since this bell-shaped flower only needs a moderate amount of water, they grow very well when you plant them in anything from full sunlight to partial shade. They’re a very showy, beautiful flower that works well as freshly cut flowers or groundcover. They will appear again year after year, and they do very well when you transplant them. They attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, so they go well near a gazebo or porch. They also self-fertilize, so they work well for winter sowing.
12. Italian Bellflower (Campanula isophylla ‘Mayi’)
The Italian Bellflower goes by many other names, including the Star of Bethlehem and Falling Stars. It grows well in partial shade or full sun, and it can easily grow in larger three-gallon containers. You can use it as a fresh cut flower or as a rapidly-growing groundcover for large areas in your yard, and you won’t have to worry about replanting it year after year as it’ll come back. It’s wonderful for attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
13. Kashmir Bellflower (Campanula cashmeriana)
This bell-shaped flower needs partial shade to full sun, and it’s a perennial that will come back again and again without you having to do anything special. It’s great to grow inside for a splash of color during the winter months in a one or three-gallon container, and it needs a moderate amount of water without soaking the soil to keep it happy and thriving.
As with other bell-shaped flowers, it’s an excellent food source for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. You’ll get a slightly larger and showy flower that looks great in a vase of fresh flowers or dotted in your landscape design.
14. Large Campanula (Campanula latifolia)
This flower does best in zones four and up, but you can get it to grow semi-successfully in zone three as long as you take steps to protect it. This is a cold flower that can do well with rough winter conditions, but it does need full sun in the spring and summer months to bounce back. The flower will get up to two inches tall when it blooms.
Also called the Giant Bellflower, this bell-shaped flower needs soil that drains very well with moderate water, and you don’t want to soak the soil or allow it to dry out completely. Flies, bees, beetles, butterflies, and moths can pollinate it, and it can self-pollinate too. If you grow it indoors, it needs to be in a one-gallon container at a minimum.
If you’re after a bigger bloom, this plant will deliver with a stunning flower that will be the star of your summer garden. Campanula latifolia by Sonke Haas / CC BY-ND 2.0
15. Marsh Bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)
You may find this bell-shaped flower growing along the side of a country road since it does very well in a damp or wet environment, like in a swamp or ditch. You may hear it referred to as the Bedstraw Bellflower or the Swamp Bellflower too. It’s a pretty, showy flower that works as a groundcover, and it comes back each year. You can use it in a cut flower bouquet or as a centerpiece. It’ll attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
16. Milky Bellflower (Campanula lactiflora ‘Loddon Anna’)
The Milky bell-shaped flower has a pretty pink hue that makes it very pretty and eye-catching. It grows best in partial sunlight or full sun, but you need to water it regularly to keep it happy. It can get up to 32-inches tall as a groundcover, and it can spread up to 38-inches wide.
It works well to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees, and it makes a fantastic cut flower for your centerpieces. This bellflower will self-fertilize, and it’s a perennial that will come back year after year.
17. Mountain Harebell (Campanula lasiocarpa)
This is a bell-shaped wildflower that can grow in rugged soil conditions, and you commonly find it growing near lakes or mountains. Many people call it the Alaskan Harebell, and it needs partial shade to full sun to be happy. The flowers are a very pretty shade of blue, and it likes slightly less water. It’ll bring a welcome pop of color to your garden or landscape, and it’ll start to bloom in late spring or early summer.
This groundcover will come back year after year, attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. A range of insects can fertilize it, but it can also fertilize itself if the growing conditions are right. You can grow it inside during the winter months and transplant it outside during the spring.
18. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
The mountain laurel bell-shaped flower is an evergreen shrub species that is native to parts of the United States. It has very fragrant flowers that bloom early in the summer months. They’re very popular for their fragrance and beauty, especially in Appalachia where they grow in droves.
This plant is sometimes referred to as kalmia, and this refers to the scientific name for the plant. It can get up to an impressive 20 feet tall at full maturity, but it usually stays between three and eight feet at the most. It likes moist soil that has a higher acidity level, but it can tolerate moist soil as long as it’s not soaked.
19. Peach-Leaf Bellflower (Campanula persicifolia ‘La Belle)
This showy, gorgeous bell-shaped flower will do very well if you put it in partial shade to full sun. It has moderate water needs, and you can use it for a range of things, including naturalization and groundcovers, or as a cut flower. It attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, and it gets pollinated by moths, beetles, bees, and butterflies as well as being self-pollinating.
This is another very showy bell-shaped flower that attracts several pollinators to your garden, and it provides a nice pop of color. Campanula persicifolia ‘La Belle’ @Mon jardin by M’s Photography / CC BY 2.0
20. Rainier Harebell (Campanula raineri)
Native to the Italian and Swiss Alps, this bell-shaped flower will bloom in the summer to reveal blue-lavender flowers with pretty evergreen leaves. It requires full sunlight to grow, and you can grow it in chalky or sandy soils without a problem. So, it can grow in a stone-based driveway. The hardiness zones include four through nine, and you can grow it indoors and transplant it outside during the spring.
21. Serbian Bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana)
Also called Porscharsky’s Bellflower or Trailing Bellflower, this bell-shaped flower has pale blue-violet flower petals that are star-shaped and roughly one inch across. It will start to bloom in the late spring or early summer months, and it makes a fantastic ground cover in your yard. It requires moderate water and does well in poor soil. It also attracts several insects to it.
22. Shiny-Leaved Bellflower (Campanula pilosa)
Originating in the Alps, this pretty bell-shaped flower is one that will come back year after year and attract a range of pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. It works well for winter sowing in larger containers between one and three gallons. You can put it in a huge range of landscape designs to provide welcome pops of color.
23. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Snowdrops are stunning bell-shaped flowers that come in a range of colors. They grow during the winter and autumn months, and they’re a smaller plant that can make a decent impact on your landscape or garden with their bold white coloring. This flower is also extremely easy to cultivate, and this makes it popular in many gardens. You’ll find it growing wild by streams or in shaded areas of forests. The plant likes full sun and moist soil, but it can withstand drought without any damage. It’s part of the Erythronium family.
24. Spanish Bellflower (Campanula primulifolia ‘Lee Neff’)
This is another beautiful, showy bell-shaped flower that you can use as a cut flower or as a groundcover that will come back year in and year out. You should only plant it in an area that gets full sun or partial shade at the most. It’ll attract a range of pollinators to the area, and you should water it in moderation.
25. Spotted Bellflower (Campanula punctata)
This bell-shaped flower is a very pretty flower that forms clumps and has heart-shaped foliage with a tubular flower that comes in dusty pink or white coloring with red spots on the petals. It can get up to 12-inches tall at full maturity, and it’s native to Serbia and Japan. It grows well in partial shade to full sunlight, and you may hear it referred to as Chinese Rampion. It’s self-fertilizing, and it needs a moderate amount of water.
26. Spreading Bellflower (Campanula patula)
Native to specific parts of Europe, this bell-shaped flower has now been naturalized throughout the world. It can form a stunning groundcover under the right conditions, and you can find it growing on creek banks, in meadows, alongside rivers, in clearings in wooded areas, in open woodlands, alongside roadways, or even in waste grounds.
You’ll get pale blue-violet flowers in a star shape when you grow it, and it will add welcome color pops to the landscape design. It also attracts a range of pollinators, and it’s an excellent contender for winter sowing.
As the name suggests, this flower spreads out at a decent rate to make a nice groundcover that will take over an open area in your yard. Campanula patula by Michael Figiel / CC BY 2.0
27. Tall American Bellflower (Campanula americana)
Better known as the American Bellflower, Bluebell, or the Tall Bellflower, this plant is a biennial. It can grow in partial shade or full sun, but it is best planted in dappled shade conditions. It can grow in dry or wet areas, and it only needs moderate moisture to be happy. Since it’s tall, it can easily reach between four and six feet high, and this means you’ll want to plant it in the back of your landscape so it doesn’t cover other plants.
It is a fantastic cut flower, and you can easily start growing it during the winter months indoors before transplanting it outside after the final frost of the season recedes. Due to the size, the containers should be at least three-gallons or more.
28. White Bellflower (Campanula alliariifolia)
Also referred to as the Spurred Bellflower, Ivory Bells, or Cornish Bellflower, this is a pretty perennial bell-shaped flower that can grow in anything from dappled shade to full sun without a problem. This gives you a lot of options for arranging your flower beds. It can get between two and four feet high at full maturity, and it’ll start to bloom in the late spring months into the early summertime. The flower is roughly two inches in diameter, and this makes it nice for cut flower arrangements.
Also, you can grow this plant in poor soil conditions without worrying about negatively impacting how healthy it is. As long as the soil drains decently well and you don’t soak it when you water it, this plant should do fine.
29. Wide-Leaved Bellflower (Campanula latifolia subsp. latifolia)
The final bell-shaped flower on the list is a nice annual to consider adding to your garden or along the driveway. You can start it indoors if you take the time to stratify the seeds for three weeks before you plant them, and it does very well with being transplanted. It grows beset outside in Zone 8b, and it reaches 100 centimeters tall with a 30 centimeter spread at full maturity.
We’ve outlined 29 bewitching bell-shaped flowers that you can add to your landscape or garden design this spring. Since they’re so easy to transplant, it’s easy to bring these pretty flowers indoors during the winter months and keep them thriving in a warm area of your home. They offer several colors, heights, shapes, to make the perfect fit to your space.
Jen is a master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert. She has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.