Balloon flowers are among the most unique flowers found in a garden. Their pink to purple blooms actually swells up like a balloon, giving them their favorite slang name. They are also known as Chinese bellflowers, and when they are open, they extend like sweet little stars—but when closed, they could very well be tiny balloons among the rest of your plants!
The plants have also been compared to Chinese lanterns in their appearance, and they are considered low maintenance plants that come back every year. We haven’t had to do a thing with our own balloon flowers in over six years since they were planted, so they are ideal for gardeners with little time on their hands to maintain them.