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English Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Growing English Bluebells: Tips at a Glance

Sweetly fragrant English bluebells love a deciduous forest but can be happy in a shady backyard. Keep them away from invasive cousin Spanish bluebells.

  • Type Flowering blub
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • Growing Zones 5-7
  • Light Shade lover
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Autumn
  • Design Tip Spring carpet
  • Peak Season Early spring
  • Companions Wild garlic, aconites

English Bluebells: A Field Guide

Strong, sweetly fragrant English bluebells love a deciduous forest. In fact, they’re a common identifier of ancient woodlands. Yet bluebells can be nearly as happy in a shady backyard garden. 

Happiest in the British Isles but grown in Europe and America as well, Hyacinthoides non-scripta creates a violet-blue carpet before the woodland canopy closes in late spring. Most bluebells are grown from bulbs, love well-drained soil, and will need some water for the first couple of seasons. Once established, bluebells can handle dry soil and will multiply profusely. A mature plant reaches a foot in diameter. Don’t confuse English bluebells with their tougher, more invasive cousin, the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica).

Planting, Care & Design of English Bluebells

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