BALLOON FLOWER SEEDS
Balloon Flowers are easy to grow, long-lived perennials. Long lasting star-shaped flowers emerge from balloon-like buds.
ASTRA SERIES Balloon Flower Seeds
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.
ASTRA BLUE Balloon Flower
Star-shaped blue flowers.
ASTRA WHITE Balloon Flower
Star-shaped white flowers.
Astra White Balloon Flower grows nicely with: Blue Star Stokesia.
ASTRA PINK Balloon Flower
Soft pink flowers.
ASTRA SEMI-DOUBLE BLUE Balloon Flower
Bell-shaped, semi-double blue flowers.
FUJI SERIES Balloon Flower Seeds
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. A 14-18 inch tall tomato-type cage will give plants plenty of support, or place Fuji series balloon flowers in large groups, allow plants to support each other. Winter hardy to zone 3.
The taller Fuji and Hakone series balloon flowers grow nicely with Milkmaid butterfly weed, Sterntaler coreopsis, Yellow coneflower, Giant Yellow Herold foxglove, Mystica penstemon, and Blue Cap sea holly.
FUJI BLUE Balloon Flower
FUJI WHITE Balloon Flower
FUJI PINK Balloon Flower
HAKONE DOUBLE SERIES Balloon Flower Seeds
Hakone Double balloon flowers bear double, 2-3 inch flowers atop 15-24 inch tall plants. Bloom is from June to August. Plant Hakone balloon flowers in large groups, plants will support each other, or use 14-18 inch tall tomato-type cages. Winter hardy to zone 3.
HAKONE DOUBLE BLUE Balloon Flower
Marvelous, 2-3 inch, double blue flowers. Plants reach 15-24 inches tall and are winter hardy to zone 3.
HAKONE DOUBLE WHITE Balloon Flower
Bears gorgeous, double white, 2-3 inch flowers. The 15-24 inch plants bloom June to August. Winter hardy to zone 3.
MARIESII Balloon FlowerPlatycodon grandiflorus mariessii
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.
How to Plant Balloon Flower Seeds
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 flower: Prefers part sun to light shade and regular water. Great container plants. Taller varieties provide excellent cut flowers. To preserve vase-life of blooms, sear stem end with match immediately after cutting. Provide support for tall Fuji and Hakone series balloon flowers by planting in large groups where plants provide support for each other. Or use tomato-type cages to keep plants upright. Balloon flowers do not like to be disturbed and rarely need to be divided; propagate by seeds or cuttings. May self sow. Ballon flower plants appear late in the spring, mark location to avoid disturbing. When old flowers are removed, balloon flowers will occasionally bloom again in early fall. Easy-to-grow, low maintenance plants are deer resistant.