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20 Bell-Shaped Flowers For A Stunning Effect

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There are hundreds of bell-shaped flowers to choose from. I’ve explored 19 that appeal to me and one that I would not recommend, even to an enemy – the morning glory is highly invasive and should be avoided.

Tubular or bell-shaped flowers are most appealing for their inclination to attract hummingbirds (and other pollinators). Bell-shaped flowers are not family-specific, i.e., they are not primary category identifiers. The inflorescence type is generally raceme.

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Let’s explore my selection of 20 bell-shaped flowers. They’re alphabetically listed:

Table of Contents

    1. American Bellflower (Campanula americana)

    Eastern North America’s damp open forests, meadows, streambanks, and ditches are home to the annual or biannual American Bellflower. Numerous kinds of bees, wasps, butterflies, and hummingbirds will visit and look for nectar and pollen, making it a pollinator magnet.

    American Bellflower
    Hardiness Zones:4a to 8b
    Design feature:Mass Planting
    Grown In:Full sun, well-draining soil that is kept moist
    Attracts:Bees & hummingbirds
    Dimensions:(H) 30 inches – 6 ft;
    (W) 1 – 2 ft
    Flower Colors:Blue, purple/lavender

    2. Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia spp.)

    The Angel’s Trumper is a little tree that can reach heights of 35 feet in the wild and 6 to 15 feet in containers. This plant can withstand minor frost, dryness, and a little salt without suffering any damage from deer.

    Angel's Trumpet 
    Angel’s Trumpet 
    Hardiness Zones:7b to 10a
    Toxicity:High
    Grown In:Containers and landscape
    Attracts:Hummingbirds and moths
    Dimensions:(H) 6 – 35 feet
    (W) 3 – 10 feet
    Flower Colors:Gold, yellow, pink, and white

    3. Azalea ‘Coral Bells’ (Rhododendron Indicum)

    This plant thrives in containers on a patio, in forest gardens, and on shrub borders. Because of its great susceptibility to Phytophthora root rot, this cultivar should only be planted under good cultural conditions.

    Azalea 'Coral Bells'
    Azalea ‘Coral Bells’
    Hardiness Zones:7b to 8a
    Toxicity:High
    Grown In:Patio, containers, or woodlands
    Challenge Level:High
    Dimensions:(H) 2 – 6 feet
    (W) 3 – 6 feet
    Flower Colors:Pink

    3. Bearded Tongue (Penstemon)

    Penstemon is a tall, thin plant with striking beauty. The cultivar “Husker Red” has light pinkish leaves and crimson blooms. Mulch well in the winter because there are numerous hybrids with ambiguous parentage and different hardiness.

    Bearded Tongue
    Bearded Tongue
    Hardiness Zones:5b to 8a
    Grown In:Full sun and well-drained soil
    Attracts:Songbirds, pollinators, bees.
    Type:Perennial
    Flower Colors:Gold, Orange, Pink, Purple/Lavender, Red/Burgundy, White

    5. Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

    M. laevis is a great plant for bouquets of fresh or dried flowers. When drying flowers, it is best to cut flower stems before the seeds ripen and hang the stems in bunches in dry places with good airflow.

    Bells of Ireland
    Bells of Ireland
    Hardiness Zones:Cool summer climates
    Grown In:Full sun, partial shade, and well-drained soil
    Space Required:12 to 36 inches
    Flower ColorsGreen and white

    6. Spanish Bells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

    Spanish Bluebell is a bulbous perennial herb with stunning lavender-blue bell-shaped flowers that can reach heights of 18 inches.

    Hyacinthoides hispanica
    Hyacinthoides hispanica
    Hardiness Zones:3a to 8a
    Toxicity:Highly toxic
    Grown In:Container, small space, and woodlands
    Dimensions:(H) 6 to 18 inches
    (W) 6 to 12 inches
    Flower Colors:Blue, Pink, Purple/Lavender

    7. Canterbury Bell Flower (Campanula medium)

    A tall biennial plant called Canterbury Bells blooms in the summer with colorful flowers that have an intriguing cup-and-saucer configuration.

    Campanula medium
    Campanula medium
    Hardiness Zones:3b to 9a
    Grown In:Containers, walkways, and woodlands
    Attracts:Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, pollinators
    Dimensions:(H) 18 to 36 inches
    (W) 12 to 24 inches
    Flower Colors:Blue, pink, purple, lavender, white

    8. Coral Bells (Heuchera

    Heuchera can be the ideal plant for you if you want to add striking, vibrant leaves to your yard. They are a beautiful addition to the yard and can be used as planting borders and edgings for perennial borders.

    Coral Bells
    Coral Bells
    Hardiness Zones:4a to 9a
    Grown In:Containers, slopes, walkways
    Attracts:Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

    9. Coventry Bells (Campanula trachelium)

    Coventry Bells is a striking perennial that gives height and interest to beds and borders.

    Campanula trachelium
    Campanula trachelium
    Hardiness Zones:5b to 8a
    Grown In:Borders, mass planting, and small groups
    Attracts:Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds
    Dimensions:(H) 2 to 3 ft
    (W) 12 – 18 inches
    Flower Colors:Blue, purple, lavender

    10. Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

    Daffodils are wonderful for naturalizing because of their spreading nature. This plant can withstand heat and drought but not severely wet weather. When planting, adding bone meal is beneficial.

    Narcissus pseudonarcissus
    Narcissus pseudonarcissus
    Hardiness Zones:4a – 8b
    Toxicity:Toxic mainly to pets and horses
    Flower Colors:Yellow or gold

    11. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

    For foxglove, midday shade is ideal. It is merely a rosette of leaves the first year, and a tall spike with spectacular blossoms arises on a tightly packed one-side raceme the following year.

    Digitalis purpurea
    Digitalis purpurea
    Hardiness Zones:4a to 9a
    Toxicity:High
    Grown In:Rock walls and vertical spaces
    Attracts:Bees and butterflies
    Dimensions:(H) 2 to 5 feet
    (W) 12 to 30 inches
    Flower Colors:Cream, pink, purple, lavender, and white

    12. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

    They contain clusters of tiny fragrant bell-shaped blooms and foliage that resembles grass. Most plants have blue flowers, although certain species and variations also have white, pink, or yellow flowers.

    Muscari
    Muscari
    Hardiness Zones:4a to 8a
    Grown In:Containers and on patios – geat for borders
    Attracts:Bees and butterflies
    Dimensions:(H) 6 to 9 inches
    (W) 2 to 6 inches
    Flower Colors:Blue

    13. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis

    The Asparagaceae (asparagus) family includes the rhizomatous perennial plant known as the lily of the valley. This groundcover has lush green foliage and small, fragrant bell-shaped white blooms that grow to a height of 10 inches and a spread of 1 to 2 feet. The plant has a hosta-like appearance.

    Lily of the Valley
    Lily of the Valley
    Hardiness Zones:5b to 8a
    Toxicity:Toxic to humans
    Grown In:Ideal for small spaces and walkways
    Attracts:Bees
    Dimensions:(H) 10 inches
    (W) 1 to 2 feet
    Flower Colors:White

    14. Morning Glory (Ipomoea sagittata)

    Sand, damp soil, and even salty soil are favorites for this native Morning glory. It takes root and grows well in the Southeast coastal areas, getting the name Saltmarsh morning glory. It can become an invasive weed.

    Morning Glory
    Morning Glory
    Hardiness Zones:5a to 9a
    Toxicity:Low
    Grown In:Costal vertical spaces
    Attracts:Bees
    Dimensions:Clinging vine
    Flower Colors:Pink, purple, and lavender

    15. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

    The mountain laurel belongs to the Ericaceae (blueberry) family, a tiny tree or shrub with large leaves. It can be found in various settings, including open, rocky, or sandy woods, meadows, mountain slopes, acidic forests, and woodland margins. It is a native of eastern North America.

    Mountain Laurel
    Mountain Laurel
    Hardiness Zones:4a to 9a
    Toxicity:Highly poisonous
    Grown In:Coastal and garden beds
    Attracts:Butterflies and hummingbirds
    Dimensions:(H) 4 to 15 feet
    (W) 4 to 8 feet
    Flower Colors:Pink, purple, lavender, white

    16. Orange Bells (Tecoma alata)

    Orange Bells is an evergreen shrub with broad leaves and clusters of vibrant orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The blooms bloom continuously from late April until the first frost in warmer climates.

    Tecoma alata
    Tecoma alata
    Hardiness Zones:8b to 11a
    Grown In:Container, on patios, or rock walls
    Attracts:Butterflies and hummingbirds
    Dimensions:(H) 10 to 15 feet;
    (W) 8 to 10 feet
    Flower Colors:Orange

    17. Petunia (Petunia x hybrida)

    One of the most well-liked bedding plants is the annual petunia, a nightshade family member that blooms consistently from the beginning of summer until the first frost. The germination temperature for seeds is between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Petunia x hybrida
    Petunia x hybrida

    However, many people buy plants from nearby nurseries in six-packs. Before transplanting, pinch the backs of plants you’ve bought to keep them bushy.

    Hardiness Zones:10a to 11b
    Grown In:Containers, in hanging baskets, on patios, or as poolscapes – can be grown as a houseplant
    Attracts:Butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators
    Dimensions:(H) 6 to 18 inches
    (W) 18 to 36 inches
    Flower Colors:Variegated, blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, red, white

    18. Snake Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)

    A perennial bulb called Fritillaria meleagris thrives in settings of dappled sunshine. Bell-shaped blossoms measuring 2″ long are its gorgeous, delicate flowers.

    Snake Head Fritillary
    Snake Head Fritillary
    Hardiness Zones:3a to 8a
    Grown In:Anywhere outdoors
    Resistant to:Deer, diseases, pests, and rabbits
    Dimensions:(H) 8 to 12 inches
    (W) 6 to 9 inches
    Flower Colors:Various cultivars, but original colors included white and lavender

    19. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

    Small milk-white flowers are produced by the perennial snowdrop, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. Its common name refers to the period from late winter to early spring when the plant blooms and snow is a possibility.

    Snowdrops
    Snowdrops

    Plant snowdrops where they will have space to expand naturally, such as in a naturalized area or a woodland garden beneath deciduous trees or shrubs. Snowdrops are easily invasive by self-seeding and bulb offsets that create new clusters.

    Hardiness Zones:3a to 9b
    Toxicity:Low
    Grown In:Indoor containers, walkways, and woodlands
    Attracts:Bees
    Dimensions:(H) 4 to 10 inches
    (W) 3 to 6 inches
    Flower Colors:White or green

    20. Torenia Verigo (Torenia fournieri)

    Torenia Vertigo is a brand new F1 Torenia ideal for both containers and the landscape. AAS Judges were impressed with the number of flowers on each plant and the vibrant non-fading blue petals that contrast beautifully with the sky blue and yellow centers. This torenia performed exceptionally well in warmer climates such as in the Mountain/Southwest and Florida. AAS Winner 2022

    Torenia Verigo
    Torenia Verigo
    Grown In:Containers, indoors, or as borders
    Attracts:Bees
    Dimensions:(H) 6 to 18 inches
    (W) 6 to 8 inches
    Flower Colors:Blue, lavender, white

    In Closing

    So there’s my list of 20 plants with bell-shaped flowers. Some are shrubs; others are flowers that can be grown from seed, bulbs, dividing, or simply purchased. The opportunity is yours to add stunning effects to your garden using bell-shaped flowers.

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