Creating and maintaining a garden can be one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Gardening is not too demanding, yet it can be an excellent source of mental stimulation. The more experienced you get, the more stimulated you’ll become.
To help you create a beautiful ornamental garden, you can have bell-shaped flowers that look very distinct from any other flower garden. These flowers come in different shapes, sizes, and colors that you can grow in containers or raised garden beds.
If you’re looking for some inspiration and some suggestions about flowers for your garden, we have included 17 beautiful bell-shaped flowers that are easy to grow and maintain.
Let’s get started.
1. Petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
Petunia is a long-time gardener’s favorite that is great to use in flower beds, containers, and hanging baskets. The beautiful bell-shaped flower bloom from late spring to fall and come in a wide range of colors.
The flowers can be anywhere from 2 to 5 inches long and can be single double, or highly ruffled. Some varieties are highly fragrant, and you can remove spent flowers to encourage re-blooming. These are perennials but grown as annuals.
2. Daylily (Hemerocallis cultivars)
The daylily is a perennial that is long-lived and easy to care for. It has trumpet-shaped flowers that come in hundreds of colors. These are borne on stalks ranging from under a foot to 5 feet or more. It lasts just a day, but the flowers are always fresh, and a single plant can produce dozens of buds over weeks.
It prefers to grow in full sun but will grow well in partial shade. If you’re planting in warm-winter areas, these are evergreen and rarely bothered by pests or diseases.
3. Bearded Iris
Bearded iris such as Iris Sibrica and Iris cristata have elegant bell-shaped flowers with 6 petals. The flowers are borne on sturdy stalks, have upright standards, and downward curving falls with distinctive fuzzy “beards.”
The plant grows in different sizes of flowers. You can have a small flower, as little as 6 inches, to plants with flowers on stalks 3 feet tall. To grow, it required full sun or afternoon shade. They prefer moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate dry spells and summer heat.
4. Calla Lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
This is a 2 to 3-foot-tall bulbous plant from Africa and loved by gardeners and florists. It’s grown as a marginal aquatic plant in warm climates that you can grow around your home pond. It has shiny arrow-shaped leaves and a cup-shaped fragrant white and red flower.
You can grow calla lilies in a container of heavy soil under a foot of water. They can also be grown in garden beds and tolerate a wide range of soil.
5. Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus)
These are perennial plants grown in zones 6 to 9 and have bell-shaped bloom flowers. It has grass-like leaves, sometimes with a white stripe, that appear in the early spring and then die back in summer. You can use bulbs to grow in well-drained soil with average fertility.
Interestingly, the saffron crocus is widely used in Asian culinary. It has a slightly bitter flavor and gives vivid coloring to cooked dishes. Each crocus produces only three saffron threads, and it takes about 100,000 plants to make a pound.
6. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari species)
These are sweetly scented grapelike clusters of purple, blue or white flowers. It lasts for several weeks in mid-spring, and the grassy foliage appears in fall that survives until spring and dies down by early summer.
It’s a not very tall plant as it grows only 8 inches high and is the right plant for edging a bed, mixing with taller bulbs such as tulips. They need full sun or partial shade. “Blue spike” produces double-flowered blue and bell-shaped flowers.
7. Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
Snowdrop is one of the earliest blooming bulbs that can survive frosty weather. It has white bell flowers that are frequently seen pushing through the snow. These are small flowers 3 to 5 inches tall and multiply rapidly.
These are easy to grow under trees and shrubs. You can plant it in full sun or partial shade. They prefer well-drained soil and can tolerate dry conditions in summer. To get started, sow the small bulb 3 inches deep and about 3 inches apart.
Several species of tulip grow bell-shaped flowers. Golden emperor tulip and Rembrandt tulip have beautiful bell-shaped flowers. Tulips can range in height from 6 to 30 inches and come in every color, including one that is so dark that it is often sold as a “black” tulip.
The Darwin hybrid tulip, the largest of all types, flowers in late spring. Peony-flowered tulips are double size with several petals on them. It needs full sunlight to grow, and you can buy tulip bulbs to get started.
9. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the valley produces sprays of wonderfully fragrant, bell-shaped white or pale pink flowers for several weeks in mid-spring. The foliage grows about 8 inches tall and looks good all summer.
It grows small red berries in fall. You can grow it as ground cover under shrubs and trees. The small bell-shaped flowers are highly fragrant and fabulous to place indoors. It needs partial sun or shade and grows in unamended soil. You should be careful when planting indoors as all parts of the plant are poisonous.
10. Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium)
This is a biennial plant that is a member of the enormous and varied bellflower genus, Campanula. It has hairy leaves with smooth or wavy edges. Plants form a rosette the first year and, in the second, send up tall stalks of bell-shaped flowers.
It grows in zones 8 and 9 that you can transplant to the garden in early fall. These are easy to grow and care for and thrive in well-drained soil.
11. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Foxgloves have a basal mound of overlapping rounded leaves. They have slender spikes of tubular flowers that rise above them the following spring. It grows 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Depending on the species, it blossoms in white, pink, rose, and purple colors.
The flowering happens in mid to late spring through early summer. You can plant seeds in midsummer in a fast-draining medium as it grows well in a 4-inch pot or widely spaced in a nursery bed.
12. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Virginia bluebells are members of the borage family and resemble a more-refined version of these common herbs. The leaves are blue-green, oval, and smooth margined. The drooping flowers grow from the tips of the stems.
The plants will go dormant after they bloom, dying back to the ground. Use ferns or hostas as companions to hide the dying foliage and avoid planting over them or accidentally digging them up.
13. Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)
Christmas rose plant has low-growing leathery leaves with bell-shaped flowers that may stay green all winter. It has a very distinct saucer-shaped bloom that rises above the leaves and is erect. The delicate petals surround prominent centers where the flowers are slightly pendant.
You can also plant it as a deer repellent plant as they don’t like the hellebores’ odor. You can cut these flowers and place them in an indoor vase where they stay fresh for several days.
Some Yucca species are ground-dwelling foliage rosettes, and others develop tree-height trunks. Yucca flowers are carried on tall stalks that rise above the foliage so that moth pollinators can reach them in the dark.
It blooms beautiful bell-shaped white flowers that reflect moonlight and starlight to draw moths. It’s a slow-growth plant that you can grow in a container as they offer plenty of colors.
15. Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis hybrids)
Desert willow is a deciduous, open rangy native tree found in the desert of Southwest America. Its unique bell-shaped flower stands out in the wild. It has smaller hybrids that produce more extensive, more intensely colored flowers that rival that orchids in appearance.
This is a drought-tolerant plant that will make the most outstanding solutions for drier landscapes. There are several types of desert willows that you can have. It blooms pink and red color flowers in full sunlight.
16. Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia Suaveolens)
No other plant provides the same dramatic appeal of bellflower as an angel’s trumpet. These foot-long pink and purple flowering bush flowers are plentiful and evening fragrant to lure pollinating bees and moths.
It’s a frost-tender plant and won’t bear frigid temperature. So, if you’re planting it outdoor and the weather becomes freezing, you should bring it indoors.
You should be careful when planting it indoors as these are part of the Nightshade family, which is poisonous to humans and pets. Keep it away from the reach of pets and children.
17. California Fuchsia (Zauschneria californica)
California fuchsia is a perennial beautiful little red leaf plant that blooms a vigorous and vivids bell-shaped flower. It has thin, brittle stems and grayish foliage that give rise to 2-inch long, orange-red fuchsia-like flowers for bold summer color.
These are great undercover plants that spread quickly in a yard. It’s renowned for the sheer quantity of blooms highly appealing to hummingbirds. These are easy to start and grow fully in full sunlight. It’s a small plant to start, but it can spread very quickly if it remains unchecked.
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