(Campanula medium ‘Blue’)
Blue Canterbury Bells is a biennial flower that is native to Italy and France that is commonly found growing in shady areas of moist woods and meadows, and along streams and ditches in the northwestern and northeastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 3' and features long, loose clusters of long lasting bell-shaped blue flowers. This plant is perfect for cut flowers, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, makes dyes, and is also edible!
Variety: Blue Canterbury Bells
Also Known As: Bell flower and Widow bell
Native to: France, Italy.
Introduced into: Austria, British Columbia, Connecticut, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Krym, Michigan, Montana, New Brunswick, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Ontario, Oregon, Romania, Spain, Ukraine.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Biennial
Maturity (Blooms): Spring and summer
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Bees & Butterflies and Hummingbirds, as well as resisting deer and rabbits.
Sow Depth: On soil surface
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: long, loose clusters of bell-shaped blue flowers.
Garden Uses: flower beds, borders, and containers.
Young shoots: raw or cooked.
(Stachys Byzantina ‘Lamb's Ear’)
Lamb's Ear is a mat-forming perennial flower that is native to the Middle East but can be commonly found growing in disturbed meadows and prairies in scattered locations throughout the United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 12-16” and features velvety silver leaves, 10-16” spikes, and small bright purple flowers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, resistant to deer and rabbits, tolerates drought, is both edible and medicinal, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!