If you want to add some color and whimsy to your garden, a balloon flower is a good option. Their buds are round like a bubble and then they bloom into a pretty star-shaped purple-blue flower. They are a fun addition to any garden.
Balloon flower tips
Balloon flowers emerge late spring and bloom throughout the summer. That is one reason I love them as they give regular color in the hottest months. They come back each year so remember where you plant them to avoid double planting. My plant has bloomed for four years now so it is pretty tough.
They like slightly acidic soil and are hardy in zones 3-9. They are also pretty drought tolerant. This is important if you have very hot summers and heavy sun like we do.
The plant will grow up to 1-2 feet tall depending on the variety. The blooms will keep coming back especially if you deadhead them. For those of you that have read my other posts, you know I have a problem with chipmunks eating all my flowers. The good news is the chipmunks don’t like these. They are virtually pest free, even deer don’t like them.
Easy to grow
Balloon flowers are one of the easiest flowers to grow. They take almost no effort. The only thing I do is make sure they get some water if it is very dry and hot. That is really the extent of the care they need.
If you want an easy, unique and colorful flower for your garden; this fits the bill. I am going to try to save some of the seeds and see if I can grow more. I did read that seed grown plants don’t bloom the first year. Still, that might be a good experiment especially since the chipmunk leaves it alone.
$3-5 for seeds
Where to buy:
Home Depot, Pike or local nurseries. You can also buy online from various sites including Amazon.
After the flowers bloom and go to seed, collect the seeds to use for the next season. They also come back each season so after the initial investment it is free to have more plants.
“Let your dreams blossom.”