The bellflower family is a family of plants. Its botanical (“Latin”) name is Campanulaceae. This family currently* consists of 92 genera (source). These genera are said to contain between 2000 and 2300 species.
The family includes shrubs and trees. As well as perennials and annuals. Succulents and aquatic plants are also part of it.
The diversity of growth forms shows that plants in this family have had to adapt to very different habitats. Depending on the species, they can grow in dry, humid, tropical or temperate environments. They are widespread and can be found on all continents.
The genus Campanula
The bellflowers, i.e. the species of the genus Campanula, are the best known members of the Campanulaceae family and are one of the most popular perennial plants in the garden. This popularity is due not only to their attractive, usually bell-shaped flowers, but also to their robustness. This cannot be said for all species, but at least the ones presented here can be described as easy to care for.
Depending on the species, members of this genus are suitable for sunny to shady spots, beds, dry borders and even rock gardens.
A wide range of species and cultivars are available from nurseries and garden centres, flowering in white, blue to violet, pink and even yellow.