One of last year’s experiments was Canterbury Bells. They are a biennial so I had to wait until this year for the results. I planted the seeds last year. They germinated well. In the fall, I transplanted the young plants all over the border along the Ugly Green Fence. They rewarded me by literally shooting up this spring. Now they are bursting into bloom just as the peonies have finished. So far I have white, pink (pictured above) and purple.
They are reputed to not reseed well so I have already sown seeds for next year’s bloom. This experiment has been so successful that I am planning on expanding it to the infamous Entry Garden. I am hoping to have enough plants by the fall to fill both the original border and the Entry Garden.
Remember those single peonies that I fell in love with but had no idea where to plant them? I do now. I love the peonies to Canterbury bells succession. I’m either going to move the doubles into the Entry Garden and plant the singles in their place along the Ugly Green Fence or leave the doubles where they are and plant the singles in the Entry Garden.
I’ve found a source for the single peonies at John Scheepers. They even carry heirloom varieties. I’m ordering three: Doreen (1949, magenta-rose), Jan van Leeuwen (1928, white) and Sea Shell (1837, ballerina-pink).