'Blue Clips'
The tidy mounds of wavy heart-shaped leaves covered with flowers make an ideal edge for the border. The first flush of flowers in mid summer is followed by a short rest with a renewed flush of flowers in fall. The starry open-faced flowers are produced singly on short stems and nearly cover the plant. Even when not covered with blooms, the mounds are attractive at the front of the border or nestled up against taller perennials. Carpathian harebells like cool nights and may have trouble performing well in the South but at good layer of mulch can help keep the roots cool and improve performance. The plants are easily propagated from seed and, in fact, will self seed and spread if they like their site. Well-drained soil is mandatory, and they are especially good plants for rock gardens

Type: Perennial

Bloom: Bright blue bell-shaped flowers, 2½” across, are produced in summer; white variety and cultivars available.

Foliage: Dark green, triangular, toothed leaves

Size: 9-12” H x 12” W

Light: Full sun to light shade, especially in the South

Soil: Average, well-drained, slightly alkaline

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Add ground limestone every few years where soil is naturally acidic; divide every three years.

Pests and Diseases: Slugs

Propagation: Seed (easy); terminal stem cuttings, root cuttings, and divisions possible.

Companion plants: balloon flower, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’, lemon colored daylily

Outstanding Selections:

    Var. alba (white flowers)
    ‘Wedgewood White’ (compact, white flowers)
    ‘Blue Clips’ (6-9” H with blue flowers 3” across)
    Var. alba (white flowers)

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By Karen