Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’
WHITE SCOTTISH HAREBELLS
Pretty snow white thimbles of flowers, are held on wiry stems up to 60cm. above a carpet of dark green foliage. So Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’ is a little jewel of a performer.
And the dancing thimbles enchant in spring and summer when they bob about in the breeze, like the nimble leaping hares they are named for.
They do grow on the sparse highlands of Scotland, so they do deserve their common name of “Scottish Harebells”, and sometimes also called “Bluebells of Scotland” (or Whitebells in this case).
But don’t let these common names lead you up the Scottish garden path.
Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’ is a robust little toughie, and is perfectly capable of growing in other challenging places, as well as the Scottish Highlands.
It is really quite dry hardy, once established.
So we have it growing in along the paths as a pretty edging, where it performs with little attention.
Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’ enjoys Full Sun or Part Shade, and well drained soil.
Other than this it is a very unfussy and easy going groundcover.
60cm High when in flower, otherwise a flat groundcover of foliage x 45cm. diameter carpet.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow seeds on surface of good quality seed raising mix at any time.
Cover seed punnet with piece of glass or cover with plastic.
Temperature of 18-20°C approx is optimum for best germination.
Keep the punnet moist at all times, but do not saturate.
Germination should occur in 14-28 days.
Pot on seedlings once two sets of leaves appear to harden off and mature before finally planting out in the garden after last frost.
SEED COUNT; 100 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
GROWING: Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun as well as Partial Shade.
– Soil: Best in slightly alkaline, fertile but well-drained soil. However they will tolerate a range of soil conditions especially once established.
– Fragrance: None
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Perennial groundcover.
– Attracts: Bees, birds and also other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Easy and low maintenance. Apply a slow release fertilizer in early Spring for best growth and flowering. Additionally just a tidy up of old growth and blooms, by cutting back hard after the first flush of flowers are spent. This will promote the next crop of flowers to come on as quickly as possible.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not first choice for these pests but if there isn’t anything else to eat they may have a bite.
– Origin: The species is native to the North Temperate Zone of Eurasia, extending from Britain to Japan. It is also present through most of Europe, except the extreme North, and has also naturalized in North America.