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Including Geranium phaeum, Geranium macrorrhizum, Geranium cantabrigiense, Geranium himalayense, and Geranium sanguineum

Geranium

Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargoniums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with five-petaled flowers borne on dainty stems close to the palmately-divided leaves.

Their spectrum of colors, from cool to electric, is rivaled only by their ability to create soft mounds and flowing carpets of lush foliage in ordinary garden soil. We plant a succession of varieties to always have some in bloom from spring to fall. Our selections are easily grown and will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed. Most die back in winter.

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Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Ann Folkard

This hybrid between Geranium procurrens and Geranium psilostemon was raised by the amateur gardener Rev. O. G. Folkard. Its deeply cut, bright, yellowish green leaves trail and twine gracefully amidst stunning saucer-shaped, black-eyed, dusky magenta flowers. Such color and form make ‘Ann Folkard’ an uplifting neighbor for bluish or dark green foliage plants like Panicum ‘Cloud Nine’ and Euphorbia ‘John Tomlinson’.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’  full sun  partial shade

Sharing the same parentage and flowers identical to ‘Ann Folkard’, this 2005 AGM winner, introduced by esteemed Geranium breeder, Alan Bremmer, boasts a tidier more compact and heat tolerant habit than its golden-leafed garden rival. The low-spreading vigorous mound dazzles us with fulgent yellow foliage and a succession of 1 in. wide, black-eyed dark magenta blooms. Appreciative of bright shade, regular water during extended dry spells and a hard annual pruning, ‘Anne Thomson’ is a well mannered weaver and a choice contender for flashy front-of-the border medleys.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 18" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium ‘Brookside’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Brookside

A hybrid of Geranium pratense and Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’, ‘Brookside’ displays its deep violet-blue flowers all summer long. Against a backdrop of finely divided foliage, the pink-veined flowers with pale central eyes appear even more striking.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’  full sun  partial shade

Discovered in Croatia’s Biokovo Mountains by German nurseryman Hans Simon, this macrorrhizum and dalmaticum progeny presents pink sepals, unfurling a long lasting flurry of dainty white flowers with prominent pink stamens and rose-colored swathes at the base of each petal. Spreading underground rhizomes and round lobed leaves comprise a low growing, glossy medium green mat that wafts a zestful scent, shows off red-hued autumn leaves and remains mostly evergreen in milder locales. A cinch to cultivate, ‘Biokovo’s tailored profile makes a stylish candidate for pathway edging, rock work and borders, where it effortlessly melds perennials, grasses or small shrubs.

Blooms May-September

Size: 8"–12" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Cambridge Blue’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium cantabrigiense Cambridge Blue

Awash in soft bluish rose hues with lighter colored centers, the flowers showcase a unique and highly welcome chroma for this group of Geraniums. Winsome, deep green lobed leaves sculpt an energetic and easy-to-maintain cover that’s compact, nearly evergreen and gleaming all season long.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Rosalina’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Introduced in 1989 by Christian Kress, the owner of Austria’s acclaimed Sarastro Nursery, this trim hard-to-find cultivar dishes out oodles of snazzy bright lilac pink flowers. Lusty rounded fresh green foliage slowly spreads to form a low, close-knit often evergreen carpet that shows off reddish purple tints once autumn arrives. Second-to-none for covering the ground beneath roses or Hydrangeas, undemanding ‘Rosalina’ maintains her classic good looks during periodic dry spells, but sulks in water-logged soil.

Blooms May–September

Size: 8" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Rosalina’ (P-1937)
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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘St. Ola’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium cantabrigiense St. Ola

An excellent choice for the north side of the house, this robust new hybrid between Geranium dalmaticum ‘Album’ and Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’ is similar to Geranium ‘Biokovo’ but much more vigorous, forming a lush and leafy evergreen carpet. ‘St. Ola’s white overlapping flower petals fade with just a hint of pink and create a pearly carpet beneath Hydrangea ‘Snowflake’.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Westray’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium x cantabrigiense Westray

This splendid new cultivar was bred by British Geranium enthusiast, Alan Bremner, who named it after his father’s homeland—the Orkney Island of Westray.

Wafting a spicy scent, quantities of rounded, deeply lobed leaves define a low growing evergreen ground cover that imparts warm orange-red hues in autumn and tolerates some drought. Just above the neat, densely arranged foundation, Westray’s fanciful, circular red buds give way to copious, ample-sized carnation pink flowers with sprightly anthers. (pp#13716)

Blooms May–September.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium ‘Dilys’  full sun  partial shade

Named for British Geranium aficionado Dilys Davis, this carefree Geranium sanguineum and Geranium procurrens cross strikes a low spreading floriferous stance. Thick, rich green deeply cut leaves present a bevy of 5-petaled bright pinkish purple flowers marked by saturated purple eyes and veins, promising to energize the garden from early summer ‘til the first frosty night. ‘Dilys’ is a top-notch vigorous ground cover that tolerates poor drainage, adapts to sun or shade and celebrates a well-earned AGM status.

Blooms late July–September.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium harveyi  full sun
Geranium harveyi

With silky, fine-feathered foliage, this mountain dweller from South Africa fashions an alluring mound. Willowy stems elevate magenta blooms above a low, luminous mass of small, silver leaves and long, whitened trailing stalks. A sun-loving Geranium that thrives on warmth, little water and good drainage, Geranium harveyi is tailor-made for cascading over rocks and pots in exposed sites, or growing as a small-scale ground cover.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 8" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.

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Geranium ‘Havana Blues’  full sun  partial shade

This fabulous white-eyed blue flowering Geranium was recently introduced by luminary Dutch plant breeder Marco van Noort. Eye-catching ultra-large blossoms are patterned with deep purplish black veins above an sumptuous mound of chiseled densely set green foliage and newly unfurling leaves that glow with yellow-green hues. ‘Havana Blues’ launches its bountiful blooms from June ‘til frost, shrugs off slugs, smothers weeds, and requires minimal care.

Blooms May–October.

Size: 16"–18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium himalayense ‘Baby Blue’  full sun  partial shade

A little plant with big color, ‘Baby Blue’s flowers are larger, lighter and more open than those typical of the species. Blue petals with dark fuchsia veins surround lovely white centers. After a long flowering season, the handsome, deeply dissected leaves put on a fall display with hints of red and gold.

Blooms late April – July.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium himalayense ‘Derrick Cook’  full sun  partial shade

Hailing from Nepal and named for the man who discovered it in 1984, this attractive Geranium begets droves of very large saucer-shaped white flowers delicately veined with purple on thin stems. The long lasting floral display crests neat fine-hewn bright green leaves, crafting a fantastic carpet-like cover that broadcasts brilliant red shades in autumn, keeps weeds and rabbits at bay, charms the bees, and withstands drought.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 16"–18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium himalayense ‘Irish Blue’  full sun  partial shade

Large cup-shaped blossoms the color of soft Irish blue, flushed with mauve, are the hallmark of this sublime Graham Thomas 1947 selection. A pronounced purplish eye enhances the pastel-hued flowers that reside on lengthy stalks above a trim dense hummock described by angularly cut, veined dark green leaves. Happiest in a bright home, long blooming ‘Irish Blue’ adopts a winsome low-lying habit, festooning rock gardens or the front of the border and smothering weeds to boot.

Blooms May-September

Size: 10"–12" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Johnson’s Blue

This outstanding hybrid between Geranium himalayense and Geranium pratense originated in a Dutch nursery around 1950. Its lavender-tinted blue flowers have pale mauve centers, and bloom continuously atop elegant, deeply divided leaves that densely cover the somewhat creeping stems. Enjoy the graceful form of ‘Johnson’s Blue’ in the border next to golden-leafed Carex ‘Kaga Nishiki’ or yellow-orange flowering Kniphofia ‘Bee’s Sunset’.

Blooms May–October.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’  full sun  partial shade

Named for the thick fleshy rhizomes by which it spreads, ‘Bevan’s Variety’ is one of the best ground cover plants for shady areas. Flourishing year after year in our older border with early flowering Brunnera and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’, this deer tolerant Geranium bears clusters of intensely colored dark magenta flowers and decorative deep red sepals above soft green aromatic foliage.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 12" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’  full sun  partial shade
Ingwersen’s Bigroot
Geranium macrorrhizum Ingwersen’s Variety

During a 1929 hiking expedition to Mount Koprivnik, Yugoslavia, Walter Ingwersen, the renowned German plantsman and nursery owner who penned The Genus Geranium, fortuitously happened upon the lovely soft lavender-pink flowers of this particular G. macrorrhizum. Enormous thickset, brown winding rhizomes store up water that keeps the large pale green foliage fresh-looking even during periods of drought and heat, and earn the name ‘bigfoot’.

Described by a spicy scent and fiery fall color, fuzzy lobed leaves forge an attractive weed smothering ground cover, while profuse clusters of dainty blossoms with rounded petals and showy stamens linger above. A superb AGM winner, it is well-suited for the perennial border, outshining others in the species, as well as exhibiting more tolerance for tough, dry sites than most in the genus.

Blooms May – September.

Size: 12" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium macrorrhizum Spessart

With a distinctive fresh fragrance and stamina galore, this mat-forming perennial yields a natty carpet of long-petioled, thick and broadly lobed pubescent leaves. Plentiful clustered white flowers blush the palest pink in summer, sporting pink calyxes and stamen filaments.

Spreading by a hearty underground rootstock, the dense semievergreen foliage manifests bright reds and yellows during autumn and makes a suitable understory for Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’.

Blooms May – August.

Size: 12" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘White Ness’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium macrorrhizum White Ness

Collected on the slopes of Mt. Olympus during a Ness Botanic Garden expedition, this relatively new choice cultivar hosts delicate pure white flowers. Long, sprightly looking yellow-tipped stamens and green calyxes distinguish the bright bountiful blooms that bring cool tranquil accents to summer borders.

Compared to other macrorrhizum, ‘White Ness’ shares the same enduring constitution, though its aromatic, rounded apple green leaves are slightly smaller and its habit more compact.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 8"–10" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’  full sun  partial shade
Spotted Geranium

A superb selection of an Eastern native, this toasty hued Geranium was discovered in the woods of Landenberg, PA. by the astute folks at North Creek Nurseries. Serving up large, bold cafe au latte-colored foliage—5 to 6 in. wide, deeply lobed and held flat—the compact rounded clump maintains its color all season. Myriad 5-petaled lavender-pink flowers are adored by butterflies and later, prominent beaked seeds capsules add interest. ‘Espresso’ is an alluring, yet rugged, low growing ground cover, preferring partial shade with average moisture, and is unfazed by deer, bunnies or other pests, as well as heat, humidity and dry soil.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 16" high x 18" wide. Zone 3/4.

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Geranium maderense ‘Guernsey White’  full sun  partial shade
Madeira Cranesbill
Geranium maderense Guernsey White Geranium maderense Guernsey White

Giant fanciful leaves—deeply dissected, lustrous, aromatic and the largest, up to 8 in. across, in the genus—set this dramatic Geranium apart. Hailing from the island of Madeira, its tall stout trunk supports a lush shrubby arrangement of lacy overlapping foliage and thick, tapered brownish red stems. Copious, densely set fuzzy buds and white pink-eyed flowers populate huge trusses that bloom for months. Resplendent in a container, ‘Guernsey White’ appreciates average moisture, needs protection from hot sun and heavy frosts, and easily reseeds.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 9.


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Geranium x magnificum  full sun  partial shade
Geranium x magnificum

The strength and sturdiness of this sterile hybrid is truly magnificent. One of the most reliable of all Geraniums, it has ample dark violet-blue flowers and soft, shaggy, deeply cut foliage that tints red and yellow in the autumn.

A late spring and early summer bloomer, it makes a perfect companion for flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus or Viburnum. Enjoy it as a specimen in a large rock garden or en masse at the edge of a walkway or perennial border.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium ‘Melinda’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Melinda

Everything about ‘Melinda’ is first-class, from her upright shapely stature and well-branched vigorous habit, to her elegant leaves and lovely soft rose-pink blossoms. Fingered foliage fashions a good-looking basal clump dressed by a legion of pink-veined flowers that bloom for months.

Discovered at the prestigious Dutch nursery, Rijnbeek, and named for the owner’s daughter-in-law, this enticing new Geranium is a cross between Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ and Geranium endressii, boasting the best from both parents.

Poised to please, position her in a prominent spot coupled with summer flowering Euphorbia sikkimensis.(pp#19,506)

Blooms May – July.

Size: 15" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’  partial shade
Geranium monacense Claudine Dupont

From the namesake’s French nursery, this shade lover produces generous clumps of broad medium green leaves and reflexed smoky pink blossoms. Emphasizing unique details, each pastel-hued flower features protruding stamens and a white eye trimmed with a slate blue ring and dark veins. Strong growing palmate foliage is divided into toothed lobes, which impart subtle chocolate blotches, bright yellowish greens in early spring and lots of oomph during dry spells.

Blooms April–September.

Size: 18" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium monacense ‘Muldoon’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium monacense Muldoon Geranium monacense Muldoon

In an improbable tribute, this Geranium was named after Spotty Muldoon, a British radio show character played by the late Peter Cook, and like the performer, Geranium ‘Muldoon’ really grabs our attention. The leaves have a pronounced mahogany dappling and echo the colors of the reflexed maroon flowers, whose petals fade to violet at the base. In the fall, as the leaves turn to yellow, the dark spots become bolder, enhancing the performance. Truly spotty!

Blooms April–August.

Size: 15" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Geranium ‘Nimbus’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Nimbus

With a name that summons celestial visions, ‘Nimbus’ is light on its feet. A preeminent sterile hybrid between Geranium collinum and Geranium ‘Kashmir Purple’, this Geranium puts on a splendid display of violet blossoms defined by spaced petals, darker purple veins and white centers. The starry violet flowers float above large and loosely arranged, fine-feathered foliage. Position near Salvia ‘Caradonna’ for a fusion of purple.

Blooms mid-May–mid-October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium nodosum  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium nodosum

Glossy, deep green, Maple-like foliage and a spreading habit combine for a lush, leafy look in the darker corners of your garden. While the pale lavender flowers of this species are not as numerous as other Geraniums, they bloom over a far greater time, even in heavy shade. With a drift of yellow blooming Kirengeshoma, our Geranium nodosum lives happily under Heptacodium miconioides, where it never fails to please.

Blooms May–October.

Size: 8" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.

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Geranium nodosum ‘Clos du Coudray’  partial shade  shade lover

Recently discovered in some of Normandy’s famed gardens, this European native bestows a steady supply of violet flowers with dark striations, pronounced light margins and deeply notched petal tips. Elongated shallow rhizomes spawn fine hummocks, shaped by lustrous green leaves, sporting 3 to 5 shallowly toothed lobes and warm russet tones as they mature. ‘Clos du Coudray’s valiant cold hardy habit produces late season blooms, enjoys well-drained soil and exhibits superb shade tolerance, even under dry conditions.

Blooms June-October

Size: 15" high x 18" wide. Zone 5/6.

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Geranium nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’  partial shade  shade lover

Glossy bright green, shallowly lobed and finely serrated leaves form handsome hummocks that support a bevy of endearing lilac-colored flowers. Its abundant funnelshaped blooms showcase pale eyes and delicate notched petals with dark veins.

First offered by the British nursery, Monksilver, this hearty Geranium endures dry shade and is well-suited for colonizing under trees in a border or woodland garden.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.

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Geranium ‘Orion’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Orion

Named after one of the brightest constellations in Europe’s night sky, this possible ‘Brookside’ seedling extends a shining floral display. Large, saucer-shaped and brilliantly blue flowers enhanced by violet-red veins and luminous whitened centers levitate above a mass of ample, finely dissected greenery. Courtesy of Dutch nurseryman Brian Kabbes, long blooming ‘Orion’ can be partnered with Helianthemum ‘Wisley Pink’ for sparkling color.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium x oxonianum ‘Walter's Gift’  full sun  partial shade

Named for the Essex home where this lovely Geranium. x oxonianum and Geranium versicolor hybrid first appeared, ‘Walter’s Gift’ hosts a dashing low growing clump characterized by shiny divided green leaves, each centrally splashed with irregular dark maroon markings. A prominent netting of rosy lavender veins embellishes delicate pale pink flowers that generously bloom for months above the artful close-knit foliage. Adapting to sunny or partially shaded nooks, it spurns deer and bunnies and can be installed alongside Alchemilla ‘Robusta’.

Blooms May–September

Size: 15" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium ‘Patricia’  full sun  partial shade

A hybrid of Geranium endressii and Geranium psilostemon, ‘Patricia’ offers deeply cut foliage and months of magenta flowers, which are lighter than those of Geranium psilostemon and have large, star-shaped black eyes. If you appreciate the beauty of simplicity, contrast with the pure white flowers of Philadelphus ‘Snowbelle’.

Blooms June–late October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Album’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium phaeum Album

This elegant white cultivar with strongly reflexed petals has been described by Graham Stuart Thomas as having reached “a high state of beauty.” We fully agree.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Alec’s Pink’  partial shade  shade lover

A buoyant display of pretty mauve pink flowers poised well above generous foliar mounds is what initially grabbed British-born Alec Anderson’s eye and compelled him to introduce this steadfast shade enthusiast in 2000. Slender leafy stems and broad shallowly divided green foliage gives way to open pastel-colored blooms, emphasizing somewhat reflexed petals and veined dark lavender centers with sprightly stamens. Soft-hued companions like Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’ or Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’ make a soothing statement for shadowy abodes.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Langthorn’s Blue’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium phaeum Langthorn’s Blue

An all-around superb performer, ‘Langthorn’s Blue’ earns its keep in our garden for its strong stature, handsome foliage and long bloom display. The reflexed light violet-blue flowers are centered in paler shades as they rise just above an upright, somewhat compact mound of medium green leaves patterned with deep maroon splotches. The dark foliage of Cotinus ‘Grace’ adds rich contrasting color and a subtle echo of burgundy.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium phaeum Lily Lovell

The shade-loving phaeums have been called “mourning widows” for their dark colors, but Mr. Jason Hill wrote that, “their subdued vivacity suggests a widow who has ceased to mourn.”

The definitive early bloomer, ‘Lily Lovell’ is endowed with some of the largest flowers in the species, which appear as early as April and always in abundance. The eggplant-colored flowers are feathered with purple veins above luxurious light green foliage that everyone likes to touch. Plant with early bulbs under a high canopy.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Raven’  partial shade  shade lover

Discovered as a chance Geranium ‘Lily Lovell’ seedling at a Canadian nursery, this strong growing Geranium produces a bounty of broad flat-faced nearly jet black flowers, sparkling with white eyes plus a reddish purple luster. The lavish long blooming display rises above attractive shallowly divided green leaves that outlast dry conditions, deep shade, humidity, rabbits and slugs.

Blooms April–August

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium phaeum Samobor

Reflexed, dark burgundy petals and purple-black leaf markings give a strong character to this survivor of war-torn Croatia. Small enough for a stone crevice or wall, ‘Samobor’ performs well even in deep shade.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 18" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium phaeum ‘Walküre’  partial shade  shade lover
Geranium phaeum Walküre

This demure beauty is ideal for the moist shady recesses of your garden, entertaining large lavender blue flowers with light centers. Soft green leaves, chiseled into seven or nine lobed and toothed segments, form a generous, easy-to-grow basal clump. Perched on tall branching stems, the clustered signature blooms feature broad, slightly recurving pointed petals.

Set off its shimmering pastel hues by planting alongside Trollius ‘Alabaster’.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 15"–18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’  full sun  partial shade

A choice hybrid between Geranium renardii and Geranium platypetalum, ‘Phillipe Vapelle’ forms soft-looking, neat mounds of quilted gray-green foliage, similar to that of Geranium renardii. The late blooming, deep bluish purple flowers, whose delicately notched petals are marked with prominent dark veins, create a pleasing blend of color next to Aster ‘Lutetia’.

Blooms late May–September.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium platypetalum ‘Turco’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium platypetalum Turco

Recently introduced from Turkey, this impressive perennial promotes vibrant blue-violet blooms atop lusty mounds of good-sized verdant leaves. Dark green and broad, the textured hairy foliage is divided into 9 segments, each toothed and lobed; come fall it blazes with red and yellow highlights. ‘Turco’s low growing stance and plentiful floral details–deep purple veins, intricately etched on overlapping petals and soft colored centers–merit an upfront position in the border or along a garden path.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium platypetalum ‘Turco’ (P-1696)
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Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’  full sun  partial shade

This sumptuous low growing Geranium vaunts a compact mound composed of finely chiseled purplish plum-colored leaves and tall leafy mulberry-tinged scapes, buoying vibrant lilac-blue blooms. Superimposed against dark well-groomed foliage, the clustered saucer-shaped flowers assume a lovely iridescent quality. Ideal for rock work, the border’s edge or a treasured container, ‘Dark Reiter’s seductive color-rich mien can be planted next to silver-infused plants such as Stachys ‘Silver Fleece’, Primula ‘Mauve Mist’ and Viola ‘Silver Gem’.

Blooms June–August

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’ (P-1886)
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Geranium pratense ‘Laura’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium pratense Laura

Recently included in Graham Rice’s top ten new perennials, this classy double white Geranium sprouted from a packet of Geranium pratense seeds sown some 20 years ago by British gardener Christine Morley. Upon witnessing its amazing vigor and flower power, she began to realize that it was indeed different from Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Album’ and subsequently named it for her mother. Snowy green-eyed sterile flowers on erect branching stems make a long lasting superb splash, illuminating the dashing resilient clump of fine deeply divided leaves.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Geranium pratense ‘Laura’ (P-1757)
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Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’  full sun  partial shade

Brimming with old-fashioned charm, this Geranium’s deep violet-blue flowers were once likened to “exquisite rosettes” by Graham Stuart Thomas. Upright branching stems host richly colored double layered petals, arranged in a perfect cup shape around a dark purple-tinged center. Strong fleshy roots produce a good-sized sterile clump of handsome, chiseled dark green leaves—irregularly lobed, toothed and deeply split into 7 or 9 segments.

Equally at ease in a cottage garden or a more formal setting, ‘Plenum Violaceum’ looks positively noble when situated amid Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’s silvery pink blossoms. For a more daring association, try orange blooming Geum ‘Starkers Magnificum’.

Blooms May – July.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 2/3.

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Geranium renardii  full sun  partial shade
Geranium renardii

The distinctive foliage of this Geranium is grayish green, feltlike, and decorated with lobed purplish margins. Clusters of pale lilac flowers with deep purple venation are held on strong stalks well above basal mats of foliage. Geranium renardii makes an excellent ground cover and blends well with other gray-green Mediterranean plants.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 10"–12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium renardii ‘Tcschelda’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium renardii Tcschelda Geranium renardii Tcschelda

‘Tcschelda’ is graced with charming blue flowers, lobed, grayish green feltlike foliage, and a handsome low-lying stature. Plant as a ground cover amidst Schizachyrium ‘The Blues’ for contrasting form and similar colors.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 10" high x 16" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Geranium x riversleaianum ‘Mavis Simpson’  full sun
Geranium riversleaianum Mavis Simpson Geranium riversleaianum Mavis Simpson

‘Mavis Simpson’ has pale, satiny pink flowers borne on trailing stems covering a choice mounding carpet of soft gray-green. For greatest impact, plant it on 12 in. centers. This Geranium looks just right with Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’, and Saponaria ‘Max Frei’.

Blooms May–October.

Size: 8" high x 2-1/2' wide. Zone 6/7.


Geranium x riversleaianum ‘Mavis Simpson’ (P-0081)
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Geranium ‘Rozanne’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium  Rozanne

For its unbelievable quantities of large, violet-blue blooms and much appreciated versatility, this new, strong performing Geranium should be ushered into your garden.

Lightly marbled foliage sculpts a plush, deep green mound that stays covered from June until frost with lovely 2-½ in. saucer shaped flowers, each heightened by black anthers, magenta veins and a radiant white eye.

A naturally occurring sterile hybrid of Geranium himalayense and Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’, ‘Rozanne’ proposes fiery red leaves in autumn, withstands sunny, hot sites better than most other Geraniums and is happy just about anywhere, from an exposed border to a container, and even in a hanging basket! (pp#12175)

Blooms June–October.

Size: 20" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (P-1336)
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Geranium ‘Sabani Blue’  full sun  partial shade  shade lover  new plant

Bred by Scotland’s Alan Bremner, this energetic Geranium libani and Geranium ibericum ssp. jubatum hybrid emphasizes a good looking large green mound of deep-hewn palmate leaves plus large, early blooming dark violet-blue flowers. The upward facing vividly hued blossoms are embellished with thin dark purple veins and soft white centers. Appreciating an early summer cut back, cold hardy ‘Sabani Blue’ can be added to mixed perennial borders, dappled woodlands, low walls and cottage gardens.

Blooms May–June

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium sanguineum var. lancastriense  full sun  partial shade
Geranium sanguineum

A healthy blush of pink graces these plentiful pale blossoms, with a flush of magenta throughout the delicately patterned veins and along the striated stems.

Found in the wild on the Isle of Walney, and cultivated since the 18th century, this long blooming, large flowered Geranium provides a softening effect wherever its planted. The small rounded leaves are divided into segments and deeply toothed lobes, casting a fine textured air and a last hurrah as russet, orange and red emblazon their surfaces in autumn.

Blooms March–October.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium sanguineum var. lancastriense (P-0083)
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Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium sanguineum Album

With an air of elegance, ample, loosely fashioned mounds host soft, dark green leaves and exquisite pure white blooms. Described by five spaced petals, the large, cup-shaped beauties are lifted on branching stems above deeply divided foliage, which in autumn wears colorful orange, rust and red streaks.

A long-lived floriferous perennial best planted en masse, this Geranium is well suited for the front of the border where its snowy accents can carpet the ground beneath Euphorbia ‘Jade Dragon’ or Hydrangea ‘White Dome’ all summer long.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 10" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’ (P-1267)
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Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’  full sun  partial shade
Geranium wallichianum Buxton’s Variety

Each summer this eye catching gem puts on a nonstop show. Large, illuminated white centers with dark stamens highlight captivating spode-blue flowers as they linger just above the luxuriant, slightly mottled foliage. An elegant addition to the border, back ‘Buxton’s Variety’ with Kniphofia ‘Naudes Nek’ and Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 10" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

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Geranium wallichianum ‘Crystal Lake’  full sun  partial shade

As if radiating light from within, these extraordinary crystal blue flowers possess white eyes and striking purple-veined petals. Upright and outward spreading, freely branching stems are clothed by handsome marbled leaves that are palmately lobed and velvety soft, while hosting a profusion of 1-½ in. wide, cup-shaped blooms. A sophisticated summer-time standout, trouble free ‘Crystal Lake’ promises luminous accents anywhere you plant it.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 15"–20" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium wallichianum ‘Crystal Lake’ (P-1561)
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Sterling spring blooming shrubs, all dressed in classy green leaves and crisp white flowers. Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ is the largest of our featured shrubs, fashioning graceful somewhat horizontal branches adorned with snowy lace caps. Cultivated since 1868, well-loved Spiraea x vanhouttei makes a shapely low maintenance addition to sunny mixed borders, while smaller-statured Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko' offers a galaxy of dainty white blooms perfect for the rockery, nestled along steps or in a container.

Head turning Perennials

Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.

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