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Geranium platypetalum ‘Turco’
Geranium platypetalum ‘Turco’
Geranium platypetalum ‘Turco’

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.

<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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Our Featured Plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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The striking floral orbs sport either frosty white, cobalt blue or metallic-blue shades, while perched atop sturdy erect stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and gardeners alike, Echinops thrive in sunny, well-drained niches, though are tolerant of poor soil as well as rock-strewn or sandy sites. These undemanding European natives are perfect candidates for a formal border, cottage garden, meadow-style planting or a cut arrangement. Be sure to check out our online Echinops offerings.

Cool colors for your summer plantings….

Icy white, pale pink and chartruese shades perk up our August borders, while effortlessly blending with just about any color imaginable. These composed hues provide our eyes with bright, yet soothing focal points and an overall beat-the-heat ambience! Some of our cool-down favorites include: Echinops, Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’  Euphorbia mellifera, Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’, Phlox ‘David’ and Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’. I’ve also featured a handful of richer-toned flowers that I discovered on my early morning walk today. We hope you’ll try sprinkling a few of these perennials amid your landscapes and enjoy both their tranquil or more spirited effects.

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