Height 23cm (9in)
Planting distance 15cm (6in)
Flowers early summer to early autumn
The intense blue bell-shapedof Phacelia campanularia make this hardy annual an attractive addition to a rockery or unusual edging for a border. Appearing from early summer to early autumn, the flowers are carried on 23cm (9in) high plants with lush green irregularly toothed leaves. When these are crushed they give off a strong but pleasant fragrance.
Bees find the blue flowers parti-cularly attractive.
Sow the seeds in the flowering site in early to, just covering them with soil. Thin the seedlings to 15cm (6in) apart.
In a warm sheltered garden the seeds can be sown in early autumn for earlier flowering plants. Protect them with cloches during the winter.
Phacelia will grow in any well-drained and light soil and thrive especially in sandy soils. The situation must be sunny.
Pests and diseases
Slugs may eat the seedlings.