New Garden Addition

My hanging baskets were looking sad, so I find this little one to make them lively again. I'm not sure what it is but the progression from star shaped buds to vibrant purple petals is divine.

Any ideas as to what this is?


  1. Yes! In fact, this plant is very special to me. My grandma and I planted one in my garden when I was a little girl. When she passed away before I went off to college, I took some flowers off and put them in her casket. My husband and I just bought our first home and when we move in, I will be transporting this plant from my mom's garden to our new one.

    Growing up we called it the "balloon plant," which I believe is it's nickname. You can find more information on it at Better Homes & Gardens site here: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/balloon-flower/

    I'm not sure if it's best as a hanging plant though, because these plants get very big. Now that mine is about 18 years old or so, it is basically a large bush/shrub in my mom's garden. :) Enjoy it's beauty though! Oh- and be sure to clip off the dead buds when they're finished blooming! :)

    Great post on Young House Love, by the way.

  2. it's balloon flower or chinese bellflower or platycodon grandiflorus. I've had them in my garden for years and they come back faithfully each year. love em!

  3. Thanks for the help! I'm very excited to hear that it is a perennial! I found it at Home Depot and had no clue, I guess I'll have to transplant it later, thanks again Adrienne.


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