Dying wild geraniums

Several of the wild geraniums in a four-year-old bed did not come back this year. I'd like to replace them, but I don't know what killed them and don't want to have that happen again. I live in far west suburban Chicago; the bed is in heavy shade until noon, full sun until 3, then dappled shade. They were watered fairly well. I read that wild geraniums are native to this area and hard to kill. Any thoughts on what might have killed mine? (No bugs or other disease was apparent.
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This last winter in the Upper Midwest was tough on many perennial plants that are normally  completely hardy. Fluctuating temperatures, and soil moisture conditions seem to be part of the problem. Since no disease or insect problems were apparent on the plants, you should be able to plant them again in the same area with little chance of the problem happening again.

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