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Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargo­ni­ums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with 5-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: many will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed and most die back in winter.

<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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During the month of July, gardeners sometimes wonder how they can perk up their summer gardens. Sunshine-hued blooms, golden leaves and crisp white flowers lend lively accents. They can be sprinkled amid a mixed border, perennial bed or other plantings, melding well with flowers that include a broad color spectrum from blue-violet to purple and lilac, as well as clear pink and darker rose hues.  

Apart from adding more plants, there are a few simple maintenance techniques that will help your garden maintain a fresh appearance during the summer. The addition of a chipped-bark mulch or well-rotted compost early in the season, not only reduces water requirements throughout the warmer months, but promotes vigorous growth and peppy-looking foliage. Many perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, can be trimmed in June or July. This midseason cut back ensures a tidy stature and more blooms, often all the way ‘til frost.

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