Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower - Platycodon - Gallon Pot - Perennial
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PLATYCODON: These balloon-shaped flowering plants are very easy to grow! Some varieties may need staking for support. Medium height plants produce sizeable blooms that start out as puffy buds that then open up into large flat five-petaled flowers. The most common color is a nice mid-blue, but there are also varieties with pink, rose or white blooms. Once established, Platycodon blooms early to mid-summer.
Balloon Flower 'Sentimental Blue' (Platycodon grandiflorus)
Great for the front of the border or for cutting! This Floriferous Dwarf has 3-inch Blooms on 6-inch Plants! Flowers are rich blue with darker blue veining. A breeding breakthrough, this dwarf strain retains the big blooms of its taller cousins with a compact, neat habit no more than 6 inches tall! Big blooms on small plants are most gardeners' joy, and Sentimental Blue does not disappoint--its star-shaped rich blue blooms have a darker veining and fresh green foliage that remains attractive even when not in bloom. Ideal for the front of the border, it is also very heat-tolerant, extending its bloom through the dog days of summer! As colorful as an annual, Platycodon is actually quite hardy and long-lived, increasing the length of its bloomtime for several years after becoming established in the garden. Before the blooms open, the waxy buds have an intriguing puffed-up appearance with little creases, exactly like a balloon or umbrella! Excellent for garden or vase, they florish in the sunny garden