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Balloon Flowers are easy to grow, long-lived perennials. Long lasting star-shaped flowers emerge from balloon-like buds.
Large, interesting balloon-like buds burst open into long-lasting 3 inch star-shaped flowers in summer and
into autumn. The dwarf 8-12 inch tall plants are exceptionally bushy, branching
and heavy blooming.
They thrive in part sun or light shade and in most areas of the country are quite long-lived. Perfect for edging borders, or use in patio containers or window boxes. Astra series Balloon Flower plants bloom the first year. Winter hardy to zone 4.
Star-shaped blue flowers.
Star-shaped white flowers.
Astra White Balloon Flower grows nicely with: Blue Star Stokesia.
Soft pink flowers.
Bell-shaped, semi-double blue flowers.
This 2-3 foot perennial is wonderful planted in part shade or light shade where it will produce balloon-like buds which open to 2 inch blue, pink, or white flowers from June to August. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Hakone Double balloon flowers bear double, 2-3 inch flowers atop 15-24 inch tall plants. Bloom is from June to August. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Marvelous, 2-3 inch, double blue flowers. Plants reach 15-24 inches tall and are winter hardy to zone 3.
Bears gorgeous, double white, 2-3 inch flowers. The 15-24 inch plants bloom June to August. Winter hardy to zone 3.
This dwarf form grows only 1-1.5 feet tall and is great planted in part shade or light shade with astilbe, campanula and primroses. Balloon-like buds open into 2 inch blue star-shaped flowers from June to August. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Sow Balloon Flower seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-70°F., germination is in 21-30 days. Seedlings are fragile and must be handled with care. Transplant into the garden 1-1.5 feet apart. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Growing Balloon Flowers: Prefers part sun to light shade and regular water. Great container plants. Taller varieties provide excellent cut flowers. Balloon Flowers are deer resistant plants.