20 Plant Species With Perfectly Bell Shaped Flowers
If you have a flower bed or pots outside your home, it can be quite unnerving to find flowers with the right shapes and colors to make them stand out. An overload of choices can really make your head spin. Therefore, to simplify your task, we have decided to take a look at a few plant species that have gorgeous bell shaped flowers and will complement your home perfectly.
Typically, it is advisable to choose plant species that are not already included in your garden beds. As flowers enthusiast we know that there is no such thing as an ugly flower. However, if you plant the same type of flowers throughout your garden, those pretties can easily get lost in the crowd. Having a good variety of different flower can really make them stand apart.
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- The Diversity of Bell Shaped Flower Plants
- 20 Most Beautiful Bell Shaped Flowers
- 1. Bellflower
- 2. Foxglove
- 3. Lily of the Valley and Coral Bells
- 4. Fuchsia
- 5. Snowdrops
- 6. White Mountain Heather
- 7. Angel’s Trumpet
- 8. Canterbury Bells
- 9. Swamp Doghobble
- 10. Bluebells
- 11. Twinflower
- 12. Peach-leaved bells
- 13. Spreading Bellwort
- 14. Indian pipe
- 15. Silverbell Tree
- 16. Snake’s head fritillary
- 17. Penstemon
- 18. Spotted bellflower
- 19. Adriatic Bellflower
- 20. Dalmatian bellflower
The Diversity of Bell Shaped Flower Plants
Bell shaped flowers come in various colors and sizes that cover a wide range of plants. These are very easy to recognize as they typically have wide tubes and flared petal tips that give them their characteristic form.
There are numerous examples of both large and small bell-shaped flowers with varying tube and bloom-tip sizes. These flowers not only add beauty to your garden, but also fill it up with unique smells unlike other plant species. These saucer-shaped blooms are widely used as ornamentals in gardens and hanging pots.
20 Most Beautiful Bell Shaped Flowers
Gardeners are in awe of these flowers for their delicate look and their low maintenance. Most of these thrive in moderate climates and only require a moist soil and lots of sun. It is best to consider the USDA hardiness zones before planting. The following list of bell shaped flowers should narrow down your choices.
The first plant species on our list is the epitome of all bell shaped flowers. Also known as Campanula – after the Latin word for bell – these plants are perennials and return year after year. These bellflowers are found at most stores worldwide in addition to their biennial and annual counterparts.
Bellflowers come traditionally in pink, blue, lavender, and white. Typically, they grow to somewhere between 6 inches to two feet. Some of these grow straight, while others end up forming a mound. Regardless of the color and shape, Bellflowers should be planted in moist soil and require watering a few times a week.
Foxgloves, also known as Digitalis purpurea, are very common and chances are you have seen these beauties before. Compared to Bellflower, Foxgloves have a longer tube shape and grow in clumps. Most of them are biennial and take two years to complete their lifecycle. Through the colder months, they tend to go into hibernation and can survive well even in colder climates.
A few things should be considered before you plant these. They tend to reach as high as four feet, or sometimes even more. These must be planted in partial or total shade as too much sunlight can kill Foxgloves. Another important thing to note is that these can be quite poisonous so keep children from messing around with them.
3. Lily of the Valley and Coral Bells
Lily of the Valley and Coral bells are perennial flowers that have small and fragile bell shaped flowers. Their stalk is relatively thin which makes them hang down towards the ground. Lily of the Valley should be planted in partial shade. If there isn’t enough shade, choose to plant Coral Bells as these can grow even in full sunlight as well, given that the weather isn’t too overbearing.
Lily of the Valley is also known as Convallaria majalis, are primarily found in whites and pink. While Coral Bells, also known as Alum Root and Heuchera, come in various colors such as white, pink, green, and red. Personally, the best part about Coral Bells, other than its bell shaped flowers, are its leaves that have scalloped edges and have multiples hues of color.
Zones 1 through 9b are best for planting Lily of the Valley, while Coral Bells are usually found between zone 5b and 10b.
Fuchsia, also known as Lady’s eardrop, is an excellent choice if you live in colder regions. These are annual flowers and are well known for their eye-catching multi-hued bloom. In my humble opinion, these are best placed as a border along the garden as they regularly attract the attention of people passing by. They also look perfect hanging down from containers.
Regardless of where you plant Fuchsia, you need to make sure the soil contains enough moisture and is rich in nutrients. Its multicolored bell shaped flowers have additional petals that grow above the stamens that make up for its uniqueness.
This beauty is a winter flower and is also known as Galanthus– Latin for milky white flowers. They don’t exactly look like bells when they fully open. But while their bulbs are still closed and are about to open, they do look like a bell shaped flower. These white bell shaped flowers are found in more than 70 different varieties.
Snowdrops are perfect for the winter season and many continue to bloom until spring. However, as soon as summer comes, their bulbs go dormant. Let’s assume they simply go off to sleep for a few months until winter comes and it’s time to reveal their glory once again.
6. White Mountain Heather
If you are looking for a bell shaped flower for the summer season, White Mountain heather is a perfect choice. Also known as Cassiope mertensiana, the small branching shrub forms erect stems that are covered in scaly leaves. The flowers emerge from between the layers of scale leaves and grow up to 12 inches in height. The leaflets are a bright red that contrast well with the white bell flowers.
These shrubs stick close to the ground and are regularly found in boulder crevices. However, these can also be planted in gardens and provide for a unique sight that is hard to miss.
7. Angel’s Trumpet
The large, drooping flowers of this plant are what inspired botanists to name this white beauty ‘Angel’s Trumpet’. It is also known as Trumpet flower or the Horn of Plenty. Other than white, they come in a variety of other colors as well, such as yellow, orange, pink, and red.
Angel’s Trumpet looks great in gardens since it flowers all year round. You don’t have to worry about planting them in an area that gets a lot of sun. However, if you live in warmer climates, some amount of afternoon shade will work wonders. They are also found in most stores throughout the world.
Angel’s Trumpet has a unique smell and is a great addition to your flower bed if you are looking for fragrant flowers that spread their scent throughout the outdoor space. However, do not get the red variety as that is the only one that lacks any odor. Do bear in mind that Angel’s Trumpet is a poisonous species.
While planting, make sure that the soil is moist and rich in nutrients. If you are looking to plant them in containers, ensure that there is a hole at the bottom of it. Use fertilizers if necessary since Angel’s trumpet grows vigorously.
8. Canterbury Bells
This plant species gets its name from the genus Campanula that translates to “little bells”. It is a popular biennial plant that can grow up to 36 inches long. This plant grows particularly well in full sun. In shaded areas, its stems may weaken so look for an area that provides ample sunlight throughout the day.
Its graceful, bell-shaped flowers bloom in late summer in a variety of colors, such as blue, pink, purple, and white. These can be easily grown and looked after, much like the bellflowers. All that is required is a well-drained, moist soil that is rich in nutrients. Proper use of fertilizers can speed up their growth.
9. Swamp Doghobble
As a shrub, Swamp Doghobble grows best in partly shaded areas. It has beautiful white bell shaped flowers that can grow to be 4 to 16 inches long. As the name suggests, the shrub grows in moist and shaded lands like a swamp. But it can also grow well in parts of your garden that are watered properly and provide enough shade.
Its scent is quite sweet and lasts for many months and for that reason it is also known as sweet-bells leucothe. If you have children, you might want to exercise some caution as this shrub is poisonous when ingested.
These plants are so popular that you would have come upon them at least once in your life. Bluebells, also known as Campanula rotundifolia, blooms in the spring and exude a sweet scent. The delicate and beautiful perennial plant can grow up to 20 inches tall and are known to cover entire woodlands into a blue-lavender color.
Bluebells is not only found in their characteristic blues, but also in shades of white and pink. These plants are suited to garden conditions as well, and can be found in many stores easily. Bluebells copes well with most soils but they do prefer a well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients. Since they are found in woodlands, ensure that they are planted in partial shade.
Known for its bell shaped flowers that come in pairs, Twinflower, also known as Linnaea borealis, is a perennial creeper. Its flowers are usually pink and white in color and grow up to 16mm in length. The flowers are fragrant and can work wonders in a garden.
They prefer well-drained soils and bear round and leathery leaves. The delicate flowers appear in Y-shaped stalks that are short, upright, and hairy. The plant can tolerate a range of light intensity, and can grow well in both shaded and unshaded regions.
Their adaptability allows them to have no particular preference for habitats. They are found in cold forests, rocky woodlands, cool swamps, mountain slopes, a mat of fallen leaves, and even on mosses in thin layers of soil.
12. Peach-leaved bells
Contrary to what the name suggests, these plants do not bear peach colored flowers at all. Instead, the colors seem to range somewhere between white to a light purple. Also known as Campanula persicifolia, they are loved by gardeners since they tend to bloom throughout the year. It is also one of the most popular varieties of bellflowers.
Among peach-leaved bells, there are two common varieties. These are “chettle charm” and “blue-eyed blonde”. They regularly attract honeybees due to their vibrant colors which help them pollinate and spread to other areas.
13. Spreading Bellwort
Also known as Uvularia sessilifolia, this popular bell shaped flower plant is a perennial type. It has beautiful cream-colored flowers that appear singularly or in pairs and hang on short stems. The flowers that droop like a bell are found at the top of angled stems with unstalked leaves.
The plant requires some shade and properly drained soil. Use fertilizers if need be as these plants take some time to grow.
14. Indian pipe
This plant, also known as Monotropa uniflora and Ghost pipe, is mainly encountered in the wild. The unique thing about this plant is that it is translucent or ghostly white, and can be a great addition to your flower bed. Even the great American poet, Emily Dickinson called it “the preferred flower of life”.
It is mostly found in moist and shaded forests. Therefore, when trying to grow Indian pipe in your backyard, ensure the top-soil is drained properly and there is enough shade. You can purchase Indian pipe seeds here.
As the word ‘uniflora’ suggests, the stem of this plant bears a single flower. Once it blooms, the flower stoops to the ground, and when the stigma is fully matured, the flower spreads and becomes perpendicular to the stem. The flower takes on the shape of a bell drooping towards the ground, which appears sometimes between spring and fall. There is a mystery in its pallor and its ghost-like appearance that can attract many a visitors to your garden.
15. Silverbell Tree
Silverbell Tree, or Halesia diptera, are among my favorite bell shaped flowers. They look naturally beautiful, white bell-shaped flowers bloom in the spring dangling from its fragile trunk. The Silverbell Tree can be seen along the river banks and wet swamp areas or in partial to full shaded areas. Though they are naturally found in swamps, they can be planted in gardens and cared for quite easily.
The showy flowers bloom in clusters that look like welcome bells during the growing season. This tree can grow up to 20-30 feet tall when mature and the leaves of this beauty also turn yellow in the fall. The flowers are usually white and pale pink in color, formed in open clusters of 2 to 6 flowers. Although Halesias are mostly found in a bunch, try to give them space enough for growth. These trees have 15 to 35 feet spread and are not difficult to grow if you provide the right soil conditions.
16. Snake’s head fritillary
Snake’s head fritillary, technically known as Fritillaria Meleagris, has unique check pattern flowers. The bell-shaped flowers droop and are found in colors like purple, white, gray, reddish-brown. They grow easily in soil that is rich in nutrients, has medium-level moisture, and is well-drained.
They grow best in full sun but can tolerate some amounts of shade. These are usually found near flood plains where they grow in large colonies. The plants are dainty and delicate, with checkered flowers that grow up to 2 inches long that sit atop stems that grow to 15 inches in length.
The plant blooms in late April and goes dormant in the winter season. The leaves are almost grass-like and are spaced widely on the stem. The name of this plant is derived from the Latin word Fritillus which means a dice box, in reference to the patterns that make up the petals of the flowers.
If you are looking for some variety in flower pattern, look no further. Snake’s head fritillary will add the complex colors and texture to your flower bed that will make other flowers stand apart.
Penstemons, also known as Beardtongue, are extremely valuable if you’re looking for a perennial flower that blooms in early summer to mid-autumn. Except for the colder regions, these can be planted almost anywhere, and are easy to maintain and care for. They are usually purple in color, but white and pink variants are also available.
When planting, ensure that the soil is fertile and is reasonably moist. Ensure planting in a region which has well-drained soil and receives full sun for at least 6 hours a day. Do not crowd the plants and maintain at least 18 inches between plants.
Penstemon plants that are planted in a well-maintained heavy soil do not require a lot of maintenance. But those that are planted in light soils that freely drain may require you to water them once every two weeks. Pestemons flowers look like bells in partial-bloom. They are very delicate and look exquisite in the garden. Provide enough foliage for the winter season, and prune them annually once the dormant winter season is over.
18. Spotted bellflower
Also known as Campanula punctata, these purple bell shaped flowers are known for their red spots and hairs. They are native to Siberia and Japan and have heart-shaped foliage. They grow about a foot tall and require full sun – like most of the plants on our list – or partial shade. They proliferate best in a fertile, properly drained and moist soil.
The leaves and stems fall out after the blooming season. They can also appear in red and white colors and hang down from gracefully arched stems. Their insides are adorned with purple freckles while the outside has a creamy surface. These eye-catching flowers are a gardener’s dream and spread quickly into dense groundcover.
19. Adriatic Bellflower
Also known as Dickson’s Gold, this bellflower subspecies is well-regarded for its unique foliage. It grows close to the ground in clumps that form a dense mound of bright yellow leaves. In early summer, the plants starts bearing purple colored flowers that ends up covering the entire mound.
Adriatic bellflowers are low maintenance perennial plants that grow up to only 6 inches long and 18 inches wide. With full sun and moist, well-drained soil, this plant can spread aggressively. The golden color foliage is best obtained in part shade.
This plant is perfect for gardeners looking for attractive ground covering plants that can be planted in mild winter areas. They are ideal for slopes, garden hedges, rock gardens, or small containers. It is best to keep it away from other delicate bell shaped flowers that may get smothered by its relentless growth.
20. Dalmatian bellflower
As the last of the bell shaped flowers on our list, the Dalmatian bellflower, also known as Campanula portenschlagiana is a perennial plant that grows close to the surface. The deep lavender flowers, when not fully open, look like bells and bloom in early summer. The flowers come in clusters and are borne on stems above heart-shaped leaves.
These plants grow up to be 8 to 12 inches in height and thrive in full sun and well-drained soils. Some shade is preferable in warm climates. These are resistant to diseases and pests, are easy to grow and maintain which makes up some of their charm. These are perfect for rock gardens, garden hedges, or containers.
Bell shaped flowers come in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns. It is advisable to choose the ones that are ideal for the environment and the climate you live in. Check the USDA hardiness zones when buying seeds. You wouldn’t want to plant seeds and then find out they are not suitable to your garden conditions.
Pick and choose from different types of bell-shaped flowers to complement and contrast against other flowers in your flower bed. Give each plant the space it deserves and keep them from crowding and competing for resources. Lastly, take the time out to water, prune and fertilize every now and then.
These bell shaped flowers are perfect for your garden and their delicate nature adds a sense of beauty that is sure to keep visitors riveted to your garden. Do like and share this list with a friend or loved one who has a passion for flowers that are shaped like bells. If you have any queries, comments, or simply want to add some of your favorite bell-shaped flowers to the list, do post in the comment section. We’d be happy to help you get the flower bed of your dreams.