Spruce Up Your Garden With Flowering Million Bells
Most gardening enthusiasts, especially those who love flowering plants, would agree that million bells are a must-have in the garden. Million bells are small genus of abundantly flowering plants that are often planted in a garden for decorative purposes. It has numerous flowers that look like tiny petunias. Million bells originated in South America, and is closely related to standard petunias. It has a tendency to grow extremely quickly, and will remain covered with flowers with under the right conditions. Million bells is usually a low growing plant that typically grows to a height of about 4 to 10 inches (10 to 25 cm) tall and can spread out as far as 24 inches (61 cm) wide. The light green stems are fleshy and branch out multiple times. The leaves are bright green with an oval shape and a fuzzy texture. The flowers are petite with a narrow, bell-like shape that flares out at the end into open petals. The flowers come in a wide variety of colors including red, pink, purple and white.
In a garden, million bells is used in flower beds, borders, or containers. Many gardeners prefer it in containers, where it tends to spill over the sides in an attractive way. Hanging baskets, where it has a trailing effect, are also popular. This plant needs full sun to part shade, but it produces more flowers in full sun. It should be watered at least twice a week, and more often if the weather is very hot or dry. The soil should be moist with good drainage so it doesn’t become saturated.