Native to Asia, in particular China, Japan and Korea, the Platycodon Grandiflorus is commonly called Balloon Flower after its best assets - its beautiful, blue blooms. Their unopened flower buds swell up prior to opening, resembling little hot-air balloons, hence the common name.
This plant produces great cut flowers, so you can enjoy them arranged in a vase in your home, too.
The Platycodon Grandiflorus is easy to grow and will inject colour to all garden spaces from beds and borders, to pots and patios. Keep their soil moist and cut back to the ground in autumn time. This plant has a tendency to self-sow, so bear this in mind if you don't want it to mass produce.
How to keep me happy
Plant size: W12cm x H25cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Ideal for: I'm happy in a pot or a flowerbed
Position in: I like basking in full sunshine
Easy to grow: I'm a low maintenance plant
Jo's Top Tip
The Platycodon Grandiflorus can be prone to leggy growth, but you can easily prevent this by cutting stems in late spring to encourage compact and bushy growth.