|Size||15-18” tall by 18-24” wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||5-8|
|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|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Viking is a sturdy, non-invasive, sterile new selection with a compact stature and clear lavender, tubular, bell-shaped blooms. Hummingbirds will hover around this fantastic new selection.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative stem cuttings, divisions, tissue culture|
|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 Campanula punctata like blooms on a well contained, short statured, but compact and densely blooming plant has brought us this novel beauty. The name Viking brings to mind images of strength and vigor. This new campanula has both strength and vigor as well as many superior qualities. Viking stands at a maximum (in full bloom) of 18” tall and spreads to make a lovely and floriferous 24” clump within the first two growing seasons.
Although this new selection bulks up quickly, it does not spread by rhizomes like the parent plant and the seeds are sterile, so not even the birds can spread them around. This hybrid selection will get larger in the garden, as most perennials do, but it does so by spreading underground in the most petite way. The first year in the ground in my garden, Viking almost doubled in size, but none of the new shoots were more than an inch away from the outermost shoots of the original plant. Therefore, I feel comfortable saying it will not become a thug, and I’m happy to report it will provide you months of clear lavender, tubular bell flowers - perfect for attracting hummingbirds and other passers-by to your garden.