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Campanulas: A Gardner's Guideby Peter Lewis
Cultivation of Border Plants
The cultivation of campanulas usually grown in the open border presents no particular difficulties; they have no strong likes or dislikes, and will tolerate most reasonable garden conditions. To have them give of their best, however, the sensitive gardener (is this what 'green-fingers' is about?) will realise that just as gardeners, like anyone else, do their best when they are free to express their own preference, so will their plants when the same rule of (green) thumb applies. The cultivation of the more challenging alpine species can be a different story, which will be dealt with as they occur.<Left image:
Campanulas prefer sun for at least part of the day, and some for most or all of it. They will, however, tolerate quite heavy shade if inevitable. Lime in the soil is a frequent preference except in the case of a small minority — which do not concern us here. A well-drained soil is essential; a low-lying spot which is waterlogged in winter for any length of time is guaranteed to rot or freeze taproot or rhizome beyond recovery. No doubt this applies to most garden plants other than bog plants ...
Many of the campanulas are great travellers! A few need to be watched on this account, especially if the soil is sandy or peaty; not many are positively menacing, and it is little trouble to deal with them as necessary, but they do reveal a liking for new ground. An occasional lifting, dividing of the rootsock and replanting will reinvigorate even the most fatigued stay-at-home.
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