Balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are often grown for their whimsical flower buds, but this plant is one tough cookie! The balloon flower is part of the easy growing Bellflower/Campanula family, and you will notice the resemblance right away.
The botanical name means "broad bell," but the open flower is really more of a star shape. However, it's the puffy bud that intrigues gardeners and entices them to grow this plant and that gives it its common name of "balloon flower.”
If you're looking for low maintenance, drought-tolerant, long-blooming and cheerful plants for a flower border or a filler, coreopses are a perfect choice! Native American prairie and woodland plants, their ruggedness and profuse blooms have made them popular with plant breeders. Even so, birds love to snack on the seeds during fall and winter. Bees and butterflies are drawn to them, too. Their daisy-like flower forms upright clumps and have a moderate growth rate. Plant them any time from early spring to fall; most varieties will start blooming in early summer and repeat bloom periodically through fall.