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Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue

 

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A magnet for birds, this old favorite is great for edging the border and using in rock gardens. Or, plant it in pots so you can enjoy those beautiful puffy blooms up close. (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-8" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 3
SKU 2PLAT3

Plant Information

Easy-to-grow Balloon Flowers were one of grandmothers favorites. The Platycodons have been around forever, and some of their biggest fans are children. They love to watch the balloons form (the buds) and then swell each day until suddenly, one special day, the pop open. These beautiful old-fashioned flowers are lovely in the garden and fine in the vase.
SKU 2PLAT3
Common Name Balloon Flower
Botanical Name Platycodon grandiflorus
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 6-8" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Plants for Small Spaces
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsBalloon Flower Sentimental Blue
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Healthy (6)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Vivid colors (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Low maintenance (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (7), Master gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good purchase

I purchased about 18 balloon flowers last spring and planted them in a new garden I'm trying to grow. They bloomed beautifully for several weeks and I was quite pleased. I did note they...Read complete review

I purchased about 18 balloon flowers last spring and planted them in a new garden I'm trying to grow. They bloomed beautifully for several weeks and I was quite pleased. I did note they grew from 12-24" tall, which was taller than the product description on website, but it is a non-issue for me. Now I'm on year 2 and all but 2 plants survived the New England winter weather without any extra effort or special care, which is gives the plant a star for hardiness and low-maintenance. They're already about 18" tall each - I read that you can trim the plant on/around mid-spring (before buds appear) if you want to keep them short, so I snipped a few to about half height to test. Fingers crossed they bloom and I get the desired look. Will report back.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

pretty but not what I ordered - twice

I ordered this because it was described as low height. it grew as three 2-3 ft canes. Wrote to american meadows and they kindly sent new ones but same problem occurred. Wrong...Read complete review

I ordered this because it was described as low height. it grew as three 2-3 ft canes. Wrote to american meadows and they kindly sent new ones but same problem occurred. Wrong variety again!

Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again!

By 

from Germanton NC

About Me Master Gardener

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

    I have an old plant, 10+ years and grown in a container. I have very heavy clay soil so I planted these with pink perennial baby's breath in containers also, and they are on their 3rd flush of bloom. I deadhead weekly and have been so very pleased with these plants and American Meadows in general!!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good purchase

    By 

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Fun for kids
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

      I purchased about 18 balloon flowers last spring and planted them in a new garden I'm trying to grow. They bloomed beautifully for several weeks and I was quite pleased. I did note they grew from 12-24" tall, which was taller than the product description on website, but it is a non-issue for me. Now I'm on year 2 and all but 2 plants survived the New England winter weather without any extra effort or special care, which is gives the plant a star for hardiness and low-maintenance. They're already about 18" tall each - I read that you can trim the plant on/around mid-spring (before buds appear) if you want to keep them short, so I snipped a few to about half height to test. Fingers crossed they bloom and I get the desired look. Will report back.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      3.0

      pretty but not what I ordered - twice

      By 

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

        I ordered this because it was described as low height. it grew as three 2-3 ft canes. Wrote to american meadows and they kindly sent new ones but same problem occurred. Wrong variety again!

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Waiting patiently

        By 

        from Arlington, Tx

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Fragrant
        • Low Maintenance
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

          Bulbs seemed healthy upon arrival. Planted same day. Still waiting for the plants to come up.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth it to try

          By 

          from Conroe TX

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Containers
            • Cut Flowers
            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

            First season I grew it in pots , the blue and also bought the white balloon flower , with some bat face flower for patriotic colors containers , all bloomed nicely in summer .
            Now is doing great in the garden , add some biological fungicide to your soil mix to prevent root rot , other than that is an excellent plant ,one of my favorites .

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Spectacular Color

            By 

            from Reno, NV

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Moderate Water needs
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Messy Spent Flowers

            Best Uses

            • Pathway Borders
            • Rock Gardens

            Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

            My balloon flowers are planted in a rock garden area in full sun bordering a walkway, with a drip line, and seem to tolerate the area nicely. The roots look hopeless on arrival, but plant them anyway - they do sprout mostly. Once up they grow fairly rapidly, making about 8" the first season. Like many perennials, they need 3 seasons or more to reach full size. The flowers are silver-dollar sized, with beautiful coloring, and each bloom lasts for 2 weeks or so, making for a long bloom season. They turn heads. I'm happy with them in my location - Beautiful!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Beautiful color

            By 

            from Kandiyohi, MN

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                Plant grew well and was healthy looking.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One of My Very Favorites

                By 

                from Rogers, AR

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                  Balloon flowers faithfully return each summer and the plant grows larger (not taller) with even more big, beautiful flowers each year.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  good

                  By 

                  from Fair Lawn NJ

                  Pros

                  • Long Bloom Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Border Control

                    Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                    The drought got this plant also. It is great while it bloomed

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Beautiful Balloon Flower??

                    By 

                    from Roseburg, OR

                    About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Nothing to comment yet

                    Cons

                    • But that root arrived
                    • Have a root in it You
                    • One did not bloom and
                    • Sent a white replacement
                    • Slow Growth
                    • Squishy and rotten
                    • The other pkg did not

                    Best Uses

                    • Cut Flowers
                    • Large Areas

                    Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                    Seems to look healthy but I was looking forward to the bloom

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    cool tones for summer garden

                    By 

                    from Raleigh, NC

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Healthy
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                        very clear and helpful instructions

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sturdy Plants!

                        By 

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Master Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                        These plants just keep coming back. I live in upstate NY and our winters can be harsh. I don't water much after plants are set in to save on water bills. Everything has to make it on it's on. These plants have done very well.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A little beauty!

                        By 

                        from Lewes, DE

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden

                          Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue:

                          This little beauty comes back prettier every year.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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