While the temperature soars outside, the Courtyard remains cool tothe eye with green of ferns, and the sounds of water in the fountains. The rarely seen fragrant chimney bellflower, Campanula pyramidalis, appears in the Courtyard.
Our horticulturists grow this plant as a biennial from seed; it takes two years to grow to its six-foot maturity. Dark maroon-red canna and unusual variegated jade plants accent the display.
Campanula pyramidalis is native to southern Europe but has been cultivated in British greenhouses since the late 1500s. The colloquial name, chimney bellflower, arose because it was fashionable to grow the plant in pots as a summer ornament for the fireless grate from the 17th to the 19th centuries. With deadheading, this plant can bloom for the whole of the summer.