How to Care for a Bells of Scotland Plant

Overview

Bells of Scotland, (Campanula rotundifolia) are old-fashioned blooming perennials with purple or blue blooms and delicate foliage that grows atop sturdy, straight stems reaching heights of 2 to 4 feet tall. Also known as harebells, bells of Scotland are deer-resistant, but will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the landscape. Bells of Scotland are low-maintenance plants that grow wild on grassy prairies.

Step 1

Plant bells of Scotland in full sunlight or partial shade. Although the plant doesn't require rich soil, it's important to plant in well-drained soil as bells of Scotland won't do well with wet roots. Keep the soil lightly moist, but don't over water.

Step 2

Fertilize bells of Scotland monthly during spring and summer with a basic flowering plant fertilizer. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer according to the label's directions.

Step 3

Divide bells of Scotland every three to four years. Dig the clump with a spade or garden fork, then divide the clump into smaller sections. Plant the sections immediately.

Step 4

Watch for signs of slug damage as the tender foliage is often attractive to slugs. If necessary, use beer traps or non-toxic slug pellets to keep slugs at bay.

Things You'll Need

  • Balanced liquid fertilizer
  • Spade or garden fork
  • Beer traps or non-toxic slug pellets

References

  • Telegraph Garden Shop: Campanula rotundifolia
  • University of Vermont: Campanula
  • Colorado State University: Native Herbaceous Perennials for Colorado Landscapes
Keywords: campanula, bells of scotland, hare bells

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.