O. R. TIEMANN, (MO.)
is a difficult month for most flowers but the lovely
Platycodons seem not to mind its heat at all. We could
not be without them at that trying time to produce blossoms
both to brighten the borders and for cool bouquets.
The flowers are bell-shaped or sometimes open out star-shaped,
large and in rich blue or white. A group of blue and
a group of white planted near Texasplume (Gilia rubra)
makes a striking, patriotic planting for July.
variety Platycodon grandiflorum grows to a height of
2.5 feet or more. If not staked, the wind will often
times break the some what brittle, sprawling stems at
the base. They may be pinched back like Chrysanthemums
to produce shorter, bushier plants.
variety P. mariesi is a dwarf form. It grows less than
a foot in height with equally as large or larger flowers
are easily grown from seeds planted in early spring.
If the young seedlings are reset carefully and kept
growing, a great many will bloom the first season. The
balloon-like buds may open into semi-double flowers
having ten petals instead of the regulation five which
are indeed lovely.
is a perennial that is very hardy and can even endure
considerable neglect. Do not cut or pull away the old
stems but let them die naturally, otherwise crown injury
may result. It is wise to mark the spot where they grow.
Platycodons are late risers in the spring.