'Million Bells' is a relatively new introduction to the summer bedding market. The original plants were found in coastal area clinging to rocks and surviving in some pretty harsh conditions, they so much resembled Petunias that they were originally referred to as 'Seashore Petunias'. Since their release in the early 90's, this crop has grown faster than most other genera and has become a major crop in its own right.
Why choose 'Million Bells'?
Would you like an annual flower that blooms nonstop without the need for deadheading? How about one that spills gracefully over the sides of your containers and hanging baskets, but has a dense trailing habit rather than a spindly one? Million bells plants fit this description, and they attract hummingbirds and butterflies to boot.
'Million Bells' plants are tender perennials, but most gardeners treat them as annuals.
What you should know about growing 'Million Bells':
- Plant in a sunny position
- They can tolerate dry-ish conditions
- Feed with slow release feed at the start of growing season
The huge advantage of 'Million Bells' is that they are self-cleaning, which means no dead-heading, so that alone makes for very easy maintenance!
Cerise pink, white, purple and terracotta
Their trailing habit, low maintenance, and prolific blooms make million bells excellent candidates for containers and hanging baskets. Million bells are also somewhat drought tolerant, so you can include them in the rock garden. If you use million bells as a ground cover, keep in mind that they seldom spread more than two feet, so plant enough to ensure adequate coverage.
'Million Bells' would be lovely planted in our new lightweight Belfast Sinks!