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Ingwersen’s Bigroot

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’

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 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.

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Early-blooming Clematis herald spring with charm to spare. The armandii, alpina and montana Clematis species are generally the first to flower, with some even wafting sublime scents. Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ and Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’ sprout larger statures than the more petite Clematis alpina ‘Constance’ or ‘Jan Lindmark’, while all showcase beguiling blooms. These delightful vines can twine up arbors, trellises, walls or trees, offering vertical accents to the fresh flourish of head-turning foliage that blankets the beds beneath. The new growth featured in this newsletter was photographed this week in our garden and nursery.

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