Balloon Flower –
Balloon flower is a clump-forming perennial that is so named because its flower buds puff up like balloons before bursting open into outward-to-upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers with five pointed lobes. Plants are native to slopes and meadows in China, Japan, Korea and Siberia. Purple-blue flowers (to 2-3” across) bloom throughout summer, singly or in small clusters, atop stems typically growing to 30” tall. Ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, blue-green leaves (to 2” long). Platycodon in Greek means broad bell in reference to the flower shape.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Sedum – In the bud stage the green broccoli-like heads of Autumn Joy sedum play off well against the open, brilliant violet blue flowers of balloon flower in sun.
Helenium – Helenium’s golden daisies make a dramatic contrast with open-faced balloon flower in full sun.
Daylily – Stella D’Oro daylily has golden trumpets on 1-foot plants and repeat blooms into fall. It is a fine companion for balloon flower.
Coreopsis – The fine foliage and pale lemon daisies of Moonbeam coreopsis show off well with balloon flower. They enjoy similar conditions.