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Fallopia to Gunnera

Including Fuchsia, Galtonia, Gentian, Geranium, Gladiolus & Geum

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Fallopia

     
Fallopia japonica var. compacta full sun  partial shade
<i>Fallopia japonica</i> var. <i>compacta</i>

Don’t let this species’ humdrum name or slow start put you off. Although it emerges from the ground late in the spring, Fallopia japonica var. compacta reaches full height rather quickly.

Panicles of miniature white and pinkish red flowers, whose bicolored quality makes them sparkle, dress up the bushy visage. Rounded, ripple-edged and leathery, the attractive dark green leaves are held by crimson petioles, and furnish a brilliant yellow fanfare once the weather begins to cool.

Blooms late August–early October.

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


Fallopia japonica var. compacta (P-1343)
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Ferula


Ferula communis full sun
Giant Fennel
<i>Ferula communis</i>

Set against a blue summer sky, this lofty Mediterranean treasure delivers an impressive dose of grandeur. The fantastic feathery dark green architecture consists of huge unscented thread-like leaves plus a thick towering, mauve-tinged glaucous flower stalk, crowned by gigantic branched yellow umbels. Appreciated since ancient Greek times when its dried stems may have been utilized as the original Olympic torch, Giant Fennel’s robust semitransparent bearing is still relevant today as a back of the border specimen for sheltered well draining sites.

Blooms March-July

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


Ferula communis (P-1077)
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Filipendula

Meadow Sweet

These hardy American perennials will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you pay a heavy price. In almost any garden soil, their foliage is full and dependable, enlivened by spraylike panicles of small flowers. Most prefer a moist well-drained setting and will happily linger at the edge of a pond.


Filipendula ‘Kahome’ full sun  partial shade
Dwarf Meadowsweet

For those gardeners who love the pink floral froth of Filipendula ‘Venusta’, but desire something smaller, ‘Kahome’ is your answer! This dwarf clumping perennial throws branched cotton candy-colored panicles of tiny fragrant flowers above pinnately cut bright green leaves that assume a fern-like quality on young red-infused stems. Equally valued for its lovely effervescent flowers and textural cucumber-scented foliage, Meadowsweet can be massed as a ground cover and added to a border, damp meadow, stream side or cottage garden, where it relishes light shade.

Blooms July–August

Size: 6"–12" high x 6"–12" wide; hardy to zone 3.


Filipendula ‘Kahome’ (P-0524)
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Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ full sun  partial shade <i>Filipendula rubra</i> ‘Venusta’
<i>Filipendula rubra</i> ‘Venusta’

A statuesque beauty, ‘Venusta’ is distinguished by huge, fluffy cloudlike plumes painted with soft salmon pinks floating above a good-sized, leafy mass of upright stems and jagged, Maple-shaped foliage. Forging an impressive stand in a moist well drained setting, Meadow Sweet seldom needs staking, and makes an airy partner for Trollius ‘ Superbus’.

Blooms July–August.

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


Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ (P-1024)
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Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta Alba’ full sun  partial shade
Queen of the Prairie

This magnificent American native struts a bushy upright pedestal of notched dark green compound foliage with bold 4 to 8 in. lobed terminal leaflets plus paired incised laterals. Swarthy stems bolster the generous perfumed panicles described by diminutive loosely arranged pure white flowers. A leafy back-of-the border mainstay, ‘Venusta Alba’s wispy floral pouffes look especially spectacular when planted in drifts and viewed from afar.

Blooms July–August

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


Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta Alba’ (P-1884)
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Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’ partial shade

Esteemed for its bright golden foliage, this moisture-lover delights with fragrant Astilbe-like clusters of minute creamy white flowers. Upright clump-forming stems are garbed in prominently veined, deeply dissected leaves, which transmute a vivid chartreuse glow as summer approaches.

Companions like Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ and Geranium ‘Espresso’ make ‘Aurea’s lambent accents appear even more exceptional; protection from hot afternoon sun and fertile, moderately wet soil ensure its success.

Blooms July–August.

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


Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’ (P-0072)
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Francoa

Bridal Wreath

Francoa ramosa full sun  partial shade
Bridal Wreath (White Form)

Hailing from Chile, this lovely long blooming Saxifrage cousin generates evergreen basal clumps of large (up to a foot long) green foliage that is lobed, slightly hairy and ripple-edged. Petite starry white blossoms crowd onto erect, but gracefully poised, tall branching wands above the attractive spreading foundation. An undemanding coarsely textured perennial, Bridal Wreath yields fantastic cut flowers, sparkles up a woodsy border, revels in dappled light plus well-drained soil, but needs protection between 20 and 25 degrees.

Blooms mid July–early September

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide. Zone 7/8.


Francoa ramosa (P-0388)
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Francoa sonchifolia full sun  partial shade
<i>Francoa sonchifolia</i>

Let this long blooming carefree Chilean beauty dress up your garden. Starry, pretty pink flowers with lighter centers and a crimson brush stroke at each petal’s base embellish terminal wands on tall, gracefully canting branched stems. The fit-for-a-bride floral splendor is perfect for arrangements and is grounded by a foot high dark green basal clump of large, succulentlike, stiff durable leaves that are evergreen and wavy-edged, preferring dappled shade or half a day’s sun.

Blooms mid-July to early September

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.


Francoa sonchifolia (P-0279)
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Fuchsia

According to a French missionary in the early 1700s, the Brazilian name for Fuchsias was Molle cantu, or Bush of Beauty. These plants offer graceful habits and pendulous, tubular flowers that are richly colored. The following mite resistant varieties appreciate ample moisture.


Fuchsia ‘Campo Thilco’ partial shade

Like dainty ballerinas, tubular crimson flowers abundantly dangle from branches cloaked in deep green comely leaves. Esteemed for its verdant bushy form, which grows with amazing vigor and frost tolerance, this interspecific cross between Fuchsia campos-portoi and Fuchsia magellanica was bred by Peter Baye. ‘Campo Thilco’s lovely demeanor can be coupled with Salvia ‘Limelight’, and due to an abundance of rhizomes, its numerous basal shoots should be pruned hard each spring.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 3' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide. Zone 6/7.


Fuchsia ‘Campo Thilco’ (P-1212)
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Fuchsia ‘Grand Harfare’ partial shade <i>Fuchsia</i> ‘Grand Harfare’

Don Mahoney from Strybing Arboretum kindly gave us this airy, multistemmed Fuchsia whose branches are first upright, and then elegantly arch over. Accentuated by wine-colored petioles and stems, the gleaming and darkly green, veined leaves stage ‘Grand Harfare’s spectacular pendant blooms. The glossy, 3 in., thick-walled tubes are colored in dazzling orange-scarlet shades and embellished with decorative, wide-open bases. This cloud-forest species appreciates constant soil moisture, some humidity and winter protection.

Blooms October–April.

Size: 2' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Galtonia

Summer Hyacinth

The most enduring trophy of Francis Galton, an explorer and authority on Southwest Africa, may be the summer Hyacinth, which blooms when so many perennials are past their prime. These bulb-forming plants are happiest in rich, well drained soil and need moderate water in the summer.


Galtonia candicans full sun  partial shade <i>Galtonia candicans</i>
<i>Galtonia candicans</i>

With dark green, straplike leaves and spikes of fragrant, drooping, funnel-shaped white flowers perched on 4 ft. stems, this species is undeniably dramatic. Create your own theater by planting it amidst darker, shade tolerant plants, under a high woodland canopy.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" high x 12" wide. Zone 6/7.


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Galtonia princeps full sun  partial shade
Berg Lily

A moist cliff dweller from the lower altitudes of the Drakensberg Mountains, this Galtonia’s blooms have an airy effect. Up to thirty waxed and creamy green tubular flowers with light green, central bands extend out from the stem and then look downward at varied angles. Anchored by erect, green basal straps, the pale, delicate blooms loosely dress its broad floral pillars.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Galtonia viridiflora full sun  partial shade

Named for its unusual lime-green flowers, which bloom earlier than those of Galtonia candicans, this species can accent the color and texture of Campanula ‘Kent Belle’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 7.


Galtonia viridiflora (P-0297)
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Gaura

A genus of North American natives in the Evening Primrose family, the Onagraceae.


Gaura lindheimeri ‘Pink Cloud’ full sun
<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘Pink Cloud’

This new floriferous cultivar of the popular Southwest native was introduced by Plants Delight Nursery. Like a celestial shroud, myriad deep pink blooms appear to envelope its upright stance for months on end. With arching, wiry, reddish stems, wine-colored buds and narrow, maroon-mottled foliage, we plant it amidst Oenothera stricta, Nepeta, Lavenders and hardy Geraniums for an overall relaxed look. A late spring pruning and lean, well drained soil will ensure countless flowers and a more compact shape.

Blooms June–November.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Gaura lindheimeri ‘So White’ full sun
<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘So White’

Like luminous butterflies on a breeze, four-petaled pure white blossoms with sparkly centers adorn slender, loosely arranged flower wands. This new, compact dwarf hails from Australia, and its narrow green leaves possess a willowy relaxed look that softens edges or nearby plants such as Boltonia ‘Snowbank’ and Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’. Asking only for good drainage, long blooming ‘So White’ deserves a place in your garden where it easily tackles heat, humidity and some drought.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


Gaura lindheimeri ‘So White’ (P-1521)
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Gaura lindheimeri ‘Summer Breeze’ full sun
<i>Gaura lindheimeri</i> ‘Summer Breeze’

Originating in Austria’s Sarastro Nursery and introduced by Jelitto in 2008, this robust selection boasts not only exceptional cold hardiness, but a bevy of beautiful white blooms. Slim burgundy dappled, green leaves send up long, gracefully arching scepters, dressed in pink buds and pearly flowers from early summer ‘til frost. Adored by honey bees and flower arrangers, ‘Summer Breeze’ is aptly named, exhibiting an airy carefree look that can be partnered with Salvia reptans West Texas Form.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.


Gaura lindheimeri ‘Summer Breeze’ (P-1595)
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Gaura lindheimeri ‘White Heron’ full sun

Growing as a bushy well-branched perennial, ‘White Heron’s attractive somewhat smaller upright stature is defined by dark slender stalks clad in lance-shaped medium green leaves. An ethereal plethora of white flowers, embellished by long wispy white stamens, matures to light pink atop thin stems for an eye-catching 4 month-long presentation. This recently introduced cold hardy Gaura signals cooler weather with wine-colored striations and appreciates lean sharp draining soil as well as periodic deadheading.

Blooms June-October

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


Gaura lindheimeri ‘White Heron’ (P-1838)
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Gentiana

Gentian

Truly beguiling, our Gentian selections display tubular flowers, colored in some of the most dazzling shades of blue imaginable. Once good drainage and a cool position are provided, these low spreading beauties are relatively undemanding.


Gentiana dahurica full sun  partial shade

A loose, handsome base of shiny, long and narrow, deep green leaves gives way to lax flowering stems, each enhanced with bouquets of white-throated, darkly blue blooms, borne at the leaf axils and crowning the very tips. Once good drainage and a cool position are provided, this low spreading beauty is relatively undemanding.

Blooms July–August.

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


Gentiana dahurica (P-0900)
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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.


Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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.


Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ (P-0404)
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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
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium</i> x <i>cantabrigiense</i> ‘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.


Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Cambridge Blue’ (P-1351)
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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
<i>Geranium</i> x <i>cantabrigiense</i> ‘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.


Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘St. Ola’ (P-0753)
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Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Westray’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium x cantabrigiense</i> ‘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.


Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Westray’ (P-1380)
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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
<i>Geranium harveyi</i>

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.


Geranium harveyi (P-1265)
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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
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium macrorrhizum</i> ‘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.


Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ (P-1028)
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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium macrorrhizum</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium macrorrhizum</i> ‘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
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<i>Geranium maderense</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium</i> x <i>magnificum</i>

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
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium</i> x <i>monacense</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium monacense</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium nodosum</i>

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
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium phaeum</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium phaeum</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium phaeum</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium phaeum</i> ‘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.


Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ (P-0531)
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Geranium phaeum ‘Walküre’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Geranium phaeum</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium platypetalum</i> ‘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.


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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.


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Geranium pratense ‘Laura’ full sun  partial shade

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.


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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
<i>Geranium renardii</i>

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
<i>Geranium renardii</i> ‘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
<i>Geranium</i> x <i>riversleaianum</i> ‘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.


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Geranium ‘Rozanne’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium</i> ‘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.


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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
<i>Geranium sanguineum</i> var. <i>lancastriense</i>

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.


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Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium sanguineum</i> ‘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.


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Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Geranium wallichianum</i> ‘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-&frac12; 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.


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Geum

Grecian Rose

The Greek name for this genus, which means “to give a taste of,” only hints at the flavor of happiness it brings to our garden. The cheerful flowers are held on sturdy stems above basal clumps of fuzzy leaves. Given good drainage and ample moisture, these robust perennials thrive with minimal care.


Geum ‘Beech House Apricot’ full sun
<i>Geum</i> ‘Beech House Apricot’

Streaked in cardinal shades atop reddish stalks, the nodding blooms adorn a handsome, close-knit hummock of divided medium green leaves. Casting warm-colored charm, ‘Beech House Apricot’ stays low to the ground, nestled alongside our stone steps with Campanula ‘Birch Hybrid’ for company.

Blooms May–July.

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


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Geum x ‘Flames of Passion’ full sun
<i>Geum</i> x ‘Flames of Passion’

Impassioned by blazing, dark scarlet shades, round upward facing flowers parade on wiry, merlot-colored branching stems. This compact, long blooming Piet Oudolf selection juxtaposes opulent colors against a low clump of dark green foliage that’s just right for nestling amid steps or along a pathway’s edge. (pp#13,730)

Blooms April – June.

Size: 16" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Geum ‘Georgenberg’ full sun

Aglow with golden apricot colors, ebullient saucer-shaped flowers garnish short stocky red-infused stems above a fetching tightset green rosette. The prolific 5-petaled lucent blossoms offer a repeat bloom if judiciously dead-headed, while the rounded ripple-edged leaves remain evergreen in most climates. This well-groomed compact charmer fends off deer and rabbits, enhances Euphorbia ‘Acid Wash’ or blue-flowering Dracocephalum and makes a prismatic easy-care addition to staircases, path edges and a terra-cotta container.

Blooms April–July

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


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Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ full sun
<i>Geum</i> ‘Mango Lassi’

‘Mango Lassi’ blooms a luscious medley of fruit-laden colors: soft orange, mango and peach infused with rich golden hues and coral tinges. Bedazzling her soft, small-toothed leaves, the layered and overlapping delicate petals shape sumptuous double flowers, while frilly-looking, dark nectarine centers and reddish purple buds heighten the allure. Introduced by Blooming Nursery, this neatly grounded ‘lassi’ will bring warm, glowing accents to Stachys ‘Silky Fleece’.

Blooms May–July.

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


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Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ full sun

Once you witness the floriferous deluge that spans nearly 3 months, it’s easy to see why this garden-worthy 1923 Dutch introduction is still celebrated as one of the best semidouble Geums available. Poised atop tall strong stems plus comely mounds of rounded rich green foliage, the abundantly petaled warm orange blooms emphasize their G. chiloense heritage by appearing earlier than most in the genus. Sunny rock work, cottage gardens or mixed plantings make an ideal domain for ‘Prinses Juliana’s fiery colors and undemanding temperament.

Blooms April-June

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


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Geum quellyon var. flora plena ‘Blazing Sunset’ full sun
Chilean Avens

The sizzling scarlet-red display of ruffled, fully double roselike flowers perched upon 2 ft. tall well-branched stems will blaze this award-winning perennial into your heart. Peerless among Geum, ‘Blazing Sunset’s blooms claim to be the largest, nearly 2 ½ in. wide, the earliest to open and the last to call it quits. Anchoring the spunky floral pomp, winsome broad hairy leaves compose an undemanding compact semievergreen mound that stays low, maintains a lush green presence and can be situated right up front.

Blooms May–August.

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


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Geum rivale ‘Lemon Drops’ full sun

Springing up as a chance seedling in Beth Chatto’s Essex garden, this trim perennial fashions soft yellow blooms and a fresh green dome of scalloped leaves. Citrus-hued sprays unveil single bell-like flowers with orange stamens and green and red calyxes that dangle from arching wine-tinged stems.

Ensconced in the frontlines, this low growing Geum offers thirst-quenching accents just right for cooling down a fiery flowered companion like Potentilla ‘Monarch’s Velvet’.

Blooms May-July.

Size: 9" high x 9" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Geum ‘Starkers Magnificum’ full sun
<i>Geum</i> ‘Starkers Magnificum’

Topping a good-looking leafy clump,the double tangerine orange flowers of this long blooming Geum make it undeniably playful and a lively companion for Geranium ‘Purple Pillow’ and Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ at the front of the border.

Blooms May–August.

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


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Geum triflorum full sun  new plant
Prairie Smoke

A small-statured inhabitant of our American prairies from Michigan to Washington and throughout most of the West, this aptly named charmer touts adorable nodding creamy white bells with flared mulberry-colored calyces, fanciful fruit and pinnately divided fern-like green leaves amid a rugged persona. The fading blooms, which generally occur in threes, give way to elongated 3 in. tall styles, creating prominent silver-pink smoke-shaped plumes and fluffy seed heads beloved by birds, butterflies and floral designers. Acquiescent to dry, sandy or clay soil, ‘Prairie Smoke’ can be massed along a path or tucked into a well draining sunny rock garden where its fine details, downy soft semievergreen foliage plus red, purple or orange fall colors are easily savored.

Blooms April–June

Size: 12"–18" high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 3.


Geum triflorum (P-1935)
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Gladiolus

Sword Lily

These are not the easily obtainable hybrids—you can find those elsewhere. The beauty of our native South African selections comes from the handsome sword-shaped leaves and spikes of unfussy, often flaring blooms.

Belonging to the Iridaceae family, Gladioli have long been associated with strength of character, and we think its strongly upright, yet graceful presence can fashion an intriguing see-through veil for any border. Place them in a well drained site and, after the bloom is over, support strong corm development by reducing water and trimming the stems to just beneath the lowest flowers. Provide winter protection in colder areas.


Gladiolus cardinalis full sun
Waterfall Gladiola

You can almost feel the heat as floriferous spikes sizzle with colorful intensity while stiff, ribbed Crocosmia-like blades stand in composed relief. Three white patches daringly dash across the lower petals, illuminating vividly hued cardinal-red flowers.

Seeking out moist niches, sometimes under waterfalls in its indigenous Drakensberg Mountains, this vigorous temptress tolerates summer water, makes an excellent garden plant for warmer climates and can be grown in a favored patio container where winters are cold.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 8.


Gladiolus cardinalis (P-1316)
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Gladiolus dalenii full sun
<i>Gladiolus dalenii</i>

Reminiscent of Halloween candy corn colors and nearly in time for that high-spirited tradition, this South African’s 3 ft. tall flowering spires deliver an alluring display. Grounded by straplike blades reaching up to 2 ft., the ample, well spaced blooms feature pendant, hooded orange petals glowing with yellow throats.

Full of vigor, easy-to-maintain and actively growing in summer, Gladiolus dalenii should receive adequate water throughout the season.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


Gladiolus dalenii (P-1269)
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Gladiolus oppositiflorus ssp. salmoneus full sun
Hardy Salmon Gladiola
<i>Gladiolus oppositiflorus</i> ssp. <i>salmoneus</i>

Native to the grassy cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains, this high altitude Gladiolus possesses a robust hardiness that defies the exquisite beauty of its flowers.

Ruffled in pretty salmon-pink colors, the showy, 4 in. flared blooms exhibit dark pink-streaked lower petals, and are openly arranged on long slender stems above grassy blades. Appreciative of summer moisture, this lovely bulb flourishes in ordinary garden soil.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Gladiolus oppositiflorus ssp. salmoneus (P-1182)
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Gladiolus papilio full sun
<i>Gladiolus papilio</i>

Emerging from a swordlike cluster of light green leaves, the arching bronzy stems host numerous slender green and mauve buds, which open into funnel-shaped blossoms distinguished by a soft gray and dusty purple hue on the outside. A subtle gift inside awaits your glance: mothlike markings of maroon and gold decorate the lower milky colored petal segments.

Let a drift of these delicacies accompany Galtonia viridiflora and Kniphofia linearifolia and enjoy their quiet elegance.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 7.


Gladiolus papilio (P-0797)
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Gladiolus tristis full sun
Yellow Marsh Afrikaner

So dainty and exquisite, this South African native is one of our favorite spring blooming bulbs. Rising from a stand of tall, rushlike narrow leaves, each flowering wand produces a trio of upturned, creamy yellow, tubular blossoms. Stippled with bronze and green, the large and lovely, flared flowers give off a sweet almond scent. For an untamed look, plant amidst grasses such as Sesleria and Miscanthus ‘Little Kitten’ or for contrasting foliage try Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 3' 0"–12" high wide; hardy to zone 8.


Gladiolus tristis (P-1125)
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Glaucium


Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum full sun
Horned Poppy

From the sandy dunes of England and the Mediterranean, the Horned Poppy delivers an enticing blue-green rosette. Unusual elongated linear seed pods evoke its common name and add intrigue to the deeply cut, wavy-edged, fuzzy leaves. Painting an ardent contrast, burnt orange, poppy-like blooms with delicate gleaming petals and central tufts of peach-colored stamens are borne singularly on long branching stems.

A lover of lean and dry, well drained soil especially in winter, this “triennial” or perennial is well suited for a natural-looking garden with other seaside inhabitants like Erigeron glaucus ‘Ron’s Pink’ or Euphorbia myrsinites.

Blooms May–August.

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


Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum (P-1315)
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Gunnera


Gunnera tinctoria full sun  partial shade
Chilean Rhubarb
<i>Gunnera tinctoria</i>

Everything about this amazing Chilean native is BIG! A super-sized perennial of prehistoric-looking, gargantuan magnitude, Gunnera tinctoria projects a bold, dignified persona.

Palmately lobed leaves with toothed and frilled margins unfurl to 5 ft. across atop thick edible stalks that emerge from underground rhizomes, rich in tannins. Launching a large cob-shaped inflorescence inhabited by tiny rusty red flowers, the enormous domed mound adds sheer mass and a coarse stiff texture to the landscape.

Although the Chilean Rhubarb sulks in high summer humidity, it is undemanding and quick to establish in moist areas, given A LOT of room and winter protection for the crowns.

Blooms September–October.

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


Gunnera tinctoria (P-1317)
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