Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: April 20, 2006

English Bluebells

English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

The British equivalent to our native Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) is a lovely spring blooming perennial bulb with blue-purple bell-like flowers. They are very easy to grow and tolerate both damp soil and shade, making them a nice addition to the spring shade garden.

Plant English Bluebells in partial shade mixed with other early blooming partial shade plants such as the native Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Daffodils and native Foam Flower (Tiarella spp.). English Bluebells grow 12-18 inches tall and will slowly naturalize, yet are not invasive. Divide the plants every few years just as the foliage begins to fade in the summer.

For more information on English Bluebells, visit this website.

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