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Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower

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A sturdy dwarf variety with abundant balloon-shaped buds opening to a rich violet blue flower with darker veins; great for massing along the border

Characteristics

Species:
grandiflorus
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
8 inches
Genus:
Platycodon
Cultivar:
Sentimental Blue
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
6 inches
Flower Color:
blue
Flower Bud Color:
violet
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
from early to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower has masses of beautiful spikes of blue bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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