|Size||10-15” tall by 15-18” wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||3-8|
|Sun / Shade||full sun|
|Soil||average garden soil|
|Moisture||moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||none known|
|Landscape use||front to middle of the border, foundation plantings, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens, containers and wonderful as a gift plant|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Freya is a sturdy, non-invasive, compact new selection with a multiple stems that hold many deep violet-blue, starry bell-shaped blooms. Hummingbirds will hover around this fantastic new selection.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative stem cuttings, divisions, tissue culture|
|Date of Introduction||Grower Introduction – 2011 | Retail Introduction 2012|
|Bloom Time||from late May to July, flowering continuously|
I am happy to bring you another breakthrough from the breeding brilliance of Arie Blom at AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands. Arie’s quest for a compact, well branched Campanula glomerata- like hybrid with multiple bloom stalks on a well contained, and densely blooming plant has brought us this novel beauty.
In Norse mythology, Freya is a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses. She is the patron goddess of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality and was relied upon in matters of love. She adores music, and spring flowers, and is particularly fond of the faeries. Freya stands at a maximum (in full bloom) of 15” tall and spreads to make a lovely and floriferous 12” clump within the first two growing seasons.
The first year in the ground in my garden, Freya had 12-15 flowering stems. It forms a dense looking plant with many attractive blooms. Therefore, I feel confident this new selection will make a lovely cash-and-carry, or gift plant for the floriculture market. If planted in a perennial border or container, it will provide you months of violet-blue, star shaped bell flowers – perfect for attracting hummingbirds and other passers-by to your garden.