Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Adding Hardy Geraniums

Large, rich sapphire blue flowers with white eyes bloom for an exceptionally long time from late spring thru midsummer and then again from early fall until frost. The compact clumps of lacy green foliage provide a wonderful background for these flowers and retain their healthy look all season. In fall, the leaves turn vivid red-orange.

'Samobor' Mourning-Widow
Although not a showy plant this hardy geranium has considerable charm with its upright stems of sombre, almost black flowers. It is useful for planting under trees and shrubs because of its ability to grow in dry shade. It makes good-sized clumps of lobed leaves which are sometimes spotted with purplish-brown.

Geranium endressii 'Wargrave Pink' or Geranium sanquineum

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