Balloon Flower - Pastel Blend
The Balloon Flower Pastel Blend, 'Platycodon grandiflorus', displays fascinating inflated buds that open to reveal star-shaped flowers. The flowers are 2 to 3 inches across. The unique green buds mature to violet, white, and rose colored flowers. The rose bells of the balloon flower are delicately accented with purple veining and creamy yellow stamens. Balloon flowers are rugged and have few pests. They begin to bloom in mid-summer and often continue through to fall. Second year blooms come from seeds.
Pastel Blend Balloon Flowers perform best in full sun in hot and humid climates. Light afternoon shade is ok. They prefer well drained, fertile soils amended with plenty of compost. The plants are long-lived and never need dividing to control their spread. Plant in early spring, 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost, or as late as 2 months before the first fall frost. The Balloon Flower is a great cut flower.