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20+ Bell Shaped Flowers for Indoor & Outdoor Gardening

Bell-shaped flowers, originally brought from Europe as ornamental plants, are now used by gardeners to revamp their normal home gardens.

Generally, there are more than 500 bell-shaped flower species in the Northern Hemisphere. Some popular flowers include Fox Gloves, Bluebells, Coral Bells, Lily of the Valley, and Bells of Ireland.

Many bell-shaped flowers are hardy annuals, biennials, or even perennials, and you can easily grow them in lower USDA zones.

Stick to the article and choose the best ones for your garden from this list.

23 Bell-Shaped Flowers That You Will Love to Grow

The bell-shaped flowers (Campanula) have received their name from the distinct shape of flower petals that look like little bells hanging from the plant. 

They range in different heights and colors, which makes them ideal for gardens, hanging baskets, and pots.

1. Bluebells (Hyacinthoides)

The onset of Bluebells indicates the arrival of spring. But, to see these flowers bloom in spring, you must plant them during the fall.

Within 3 to 4 months, they reach 10 to 24 inches tall and start to beget purple to blue flowers that droop down from the flowering stem when they bloom.

You may confuse them with other blue-colored bell flowers, but the stems of these plants adorn beautiful linear, alternate green leaves in zone 4 to 10.

They can bloom vigorously if planted under the full sun but can tolerate partial shade and a little frost.

But be careful not to overwater them. 

Bluebell juice can cure snake bites but is chemically very power to cause toxic effect in large doses.

2. Bellflowers (Campanula)

Bellflowers have cup-shaped, tubular blooms that dangle down from the flowering stem of the plant.

The flowers are purple, but some varieties also wield pink or white bell-shaped flowers. Most species are ideal for growing around the USDA zones from 4 to 10.

Further, the leaves of bellflowers are equally decorative with dented, serrated, or entire margins and are leathery to the touch and spatula-shaped.

Since they grow in wide climatic zones, some alpine varieties are only 2 inches tall, making them excellent as garden blankets.

Other Campanula plants can grow up to 2 meters in height, but their growth also depends on how much care they get.

3. Foxgloves (Digitalis Purpurea)

Purpurea bear tubular flowers, while others have funnel-shaped ones. With broad, soft, bluntly toothed edges, and spear-shaped leaves, they complement perfectly with colorful blooms of the plant.

They produce tall flowering spikes that carry purple, pink, yellow, red, or white bell-shaped flowers with brown speckles inside the flower’s cavity.

Some varieties can reach towering heights ranging from 1 to 2 meters. For this reason, you can plant these plants as back-border plants or along a fence wall.

The best part of Foxgloves is that they can self-seed, and it’s okay to deadhead them if you don’t want any more foxgloves growing in your garden in USDA zones 3 to 8.

4. Bells of Ireland (Moluccella Laevis)

Bells of Ireland are also popularly known as shellflowers which people especially grow for their strange green blooms.

These green flowers look like little flowers of foxgloves, but shellflowers have green sepals that surround a small and fragrant white flower with a plant’s height of 3 to 4 feet. They bear broad-toothed leaves attaching to the thorny and square stems.

Since shellflowers are self-seed, they will return yearly if you let them remain in your garden.

Moreover, they are ideal for USDA zones as low as 2. This makes them frost tolerant and a summer bloomer in these zones.

Iris people use Bells of Ireland as a gift for a graduation, a new job and good luck.

5. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria Majalis)

Lily of the Valley is a fast-growing perennial herb that resides in the cool areas of the northern hemisphere.

White bell-shaped flowers grow along one side of the flowering stalk, making the plant slouch. 

Such an inflorescence is called raceme, and because of this crouching habit, the plant is excellent for ground cover.

Flowers are sweet to the nose and perfect for inviting bees into your garden in spring, but they are not tasteful as they are poisonous.

Green, smooth, and spatulate leaves arise from the center of the clusters present below the flowering stalk.

6. Snowdrops (Galanthus)

Snowdrops are tough, frost-tolerant herbaceous, zone 3 to 8 perennials whose flowers indicate the first sign of spring when they bloom.

When in season, the plant grows 8 to 15 centimeters tall and gracefully atop white bell-shaped, drooping pendant-like flowers.

Each Snowdrop plant bears two or three strap-shaped leaves that arise from the base of the plant.

They are hardy and require less care in winter.

There are around 20 species of Snowdrops, and some feature flowers with a yellow or green tinge.

7. Bluebills (Clematis Pitcheri)

Contrary to other herbaceous plants, Bluebills are unique as it is a vining plant that prospers from zone 5 to 9.

One of the features of Bluebills is their long flowering season from late spring through summer until fall.

The flowers are purple, but the tips of the petals are creamy and curve outwards, arranging themselves in pitcher shape with a narrow top and broad base.

Bluebill’s leaves are compound, consisting of 2 to 8 ovate or lanceolate leaflets. This makes Bluebills adorable for any kind of garden décor.

Moreover, people often use the plant’s vining habit (a length of 3 to 4 meters) to decorate garden walls and rock gardens.

8. Angel’s Trumpet (Burgmansia)

Owing to its name, the flowers of this plant resemble a “trumpet” that is elongated and tubular with a yellow tint.

It can reach a staggering 9 to 10 meters in height with equally large flowers.

The leaves of Angel’s Trumpet are large, broad, and ovate to elliptical, which has somewhat a leathery shine and undulated margins in some varieties.

As a tropical plant, it thrives well in zones 8 to 10 and has a long blooming season from spring until fall.

Despite its rarity, it is a perennial plant that can always return yearly if you can get your hands on just one plant.

This plant comprises only seven species and is sadly extinct in the wild.

9. Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Coral Bells (aka alumroots) receive their name due to pinkish-red flowers resembling corals peeking from the ground from late spring to early summer.

In the blooming season, the flower spikes of the plant reach 1 to 3 feet tall, while the rest is just 6 to 16 inches high.

Leaves of Coral Bells feature various colors and are palmately lobed suitable in zone 4 to 9. This makes the leaves complement well with the flower colors.

Besides, Coral Bell flowers’ vibrant yellow, purple, red, and green colors can be some favorites for attracting pollinators to your gardens.

10. Fuchsia

Although perennial, Fuchsia can also behave as an annual in colder areas with long winters.

These bell-shaped flowers consist of four smaller purple petals in the center, surrounded by four longer red petals on the outside.

The plant bears opposite leaves set out in whorls, lens-shaped, and sometimes brace serration along the margins.

They start blooming from summer until fall, but you can extend this by regularly fertilizing the plants.

Native Americans used Fuchsia roots to dye wool, while The Maori took the Fuchsia pollen for makeup.

11. Snakeshead Fritillary (Fritillaria Meleagris)

Unlike any other bell-shaped flowers, Snakeshead Fritillary has unique checkered flowers, so sometimes, it is also called the “chess flower.”

Chess flowers come in different color blends, from pink and purple to burgundy and white, and form a distinct nodding posture pointing downwards.

These flowers resemble the leaves of lily plants having narrow edges, grass-like and green, and arranged in wide spacing in the stem.

If you live in zones 3 to 8, you can witness a mature Sanakeshead plant in spring, and it attains a normal height of 6 to 12 inches bearing flowers atop thin stems.

Chess flowers can be flawless border plants and elevate the aesthetic décor of your garden.

12. Grape Hyacinths (Muscari)

Muscari is a mid-spring blooming plant with clustered grape-like purple flowers on the top of the stem.

The flowers of Grape Hyacinths are bell-shaped, with leaves quite fleshy, long, strappy, green, and narrow, that emerge from the plant’s base, and each inflorescence on a plant has about 40 individual flowers.

They are popular flowering plants as they reemerge in mid-fall after they die in summer.

They are well-adapted in USDA zones 3 to 9, so you can consider them frost-hardy species.

13. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia Latifolia)

Also known commonly as Calico Bush, Mountain Laurels produce beautiful hexagonal bell-shaped flowers having a towering height of 1.5 to 9 meters.

Usually, these plants produce white flowers with subtle hints of pink. But other varieties also boast maroon, red, or dark pink blooms.

They can bloom better in full sun but are also shade tolerant, but for consistent blooming, set them under partial shade.

Foliage in the plant arranges alternately. Each leaf is elliptical, with an entire margin, waxy-green shine, and pointed tips.

Laurels are ideal for USDA zones 4 to 9 and flowers in late spring until summer in these areas.

14. Twin Flowers (Linnaea Borealis)

Twin Flowers get their name from two pink bell-shaped flowers that grow in pairs and droop down from the tip of the Y-shaped stem.

They fit as ground covers in late spring to early summer when the plant bestows the season’s first flowers.

The flowers are also equally fragrant, complementing its looks, and can invite pollinators into your garden or patios.

Besides, the plant leaves nearly attain a circular shape with notched tips.

In some varieties, leaves arise in pairs, oppositely arranged in the stem.

15. Daffodils (Narcissus)

Gardeners plant Daffodils via bulbs in the fall, and they immediately grow to bear flowers in next late winter or early spring.

There are 25 different species of Daffodil, along with 13,000 hybrids, which bloom for up to 50 years, representing the tenth wedding anniversary flower.

The standard flower color of the Daffodils is yellow, but they are also available in orange, pink, white, or green. When fully matured, the flowers hang down from the stalk like a pendant.

Daffodils have many strap-shaped, ligulate, and narrow basal leaves surrounding the flowering stalks.

You can plant Daffodils as border plants if you live in zones 3 to 8, as these plants are fairly frost tolerant.

16. White Mountain Heather (Cassiope)

White Mountain Heather, also called Western Moss Heather, is a popular perennial sub-shrub among gardeners for its white bell-shaped flowers.

But avid gardeners appreciate Heathers not only for flowers but also for their scaly leaves that cover the entire stem.

Moreover, red calyxes beautifully support the flowers from below, helping to set a contrast wherever you decide to plant them.

Normally, they attain a small size of 0.5 to 1 foot tall and grow in dense groups.

6 Additional Bell Shaped Flowers

Besides the above, the following list hosts additional bell-shaped flowers that people adore.

Bell-Shaped Flower VarietiesGrowth RequirementsSpecial Trait and Use
Penstemon (Perennials)Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil and pH: Well-draining moist soil with 5 to 8 pH

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Flower Color: Blue, Purple, Pink, or Red

Use: Great for attracting pollinators

Flowering Season: Spring to Summer
Canterbury Bell Flower (Biennials or Perennials)Sunlight: Partial Shade

Soil and pH: Well-draining moist soil with 6 to 8 pH

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 10
Flower Color: Violet-blue

Use: Border plants

Flowering Season: Late Spring or Early Summer
Swamp Doghobble (Annuals or Perennials)Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil and pH: Moist, cool soil with <6 pH (acidic)

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
Flower Color: White

Use: Slope planting, Near ponds or Woodland gardens

Flowering Season: Spring to Early Fall
Tulips (Perennials)Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil and pH: Well-draining with 6 to 6.5 pH

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Flower Color: Pink, Red, Yellow, White, or Orange

Use: Ornamental garden plant

Flowering Season: Spring
Snowdrop Tree (Perennials)Sunlight: Full to Partial Shade

Soil and pH: Well-draining moist soil with 5 to 6 pH

Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9
Flower Color: White

Use: Lawn planting, Privacy plant or Woodland gardens

Flowering Season: Spring
Persian Lilies (Perennials)Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil and pH: Well-draining moist soil with <6 pH (acidic)

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
Flower Color: Green, Ivory, Deep Red, or Deep Purple

Use: Deer and Rabbit resistant

Flowering Season: Spring
Korean Bell Flowers (Perennials)Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil and pH: Moist well-draining soil with 6.5 to 7 pH

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
Flower Color: Shades of White and Pink

Use: Speedy growing ornamental garden plant

Flowering Season: Mid to Late Summer

From Editorial Team

You can encourage the plants to set vivid and colorful bell-shaped flowers by considering all their requirements.

However, pick the right plant to grow depending on where you live.

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