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Perennial geranium


Geranium selections

Perennial geranium

One of the longest bloomers in the garden, hardy geranium bears little flowers for months at a time. It produces jewel-tone, saucer-shape flowers and mounds of handsome, lobed foliage. It needs full sun, but otherwise it is a tough and reliable plant, thriving in a wide assortment of soils. Many of the best are hybrids. Perennial geraniums may form large colonies.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
5-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
6 inches to 4 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-4 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Drought Tolerant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' has yellowish-green foliage on 2-foot-long scrambling stems that weave among other plants. In midsummer into fall, bright magenta flowers punctuated with black veins and eyes bloom freely. Zones 5-9
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Geranium macrorrhizum makes a fine groundcover and tolerates dry, light shade. The aromatic 6-inch-wide leaves take on splendid fall color. Bright magenta flowers appear in spring; several less strident cultivars are available. Zones 4-8
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Geranium sanguineum makes 1-foot-tall mounds of foliage that becomes golden in fall. Vibrant magenta flowers cover the plants in late spring. It tolerates hot weather well. Zones 3-8
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Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' is a long-blooming variety with 2-inch bright blue flowers. It grows to 18 inches tall. Zones 4-8
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Geranium phaeum bears nodding dark purple blooms in late spring over attractive hand-shape foliage. Zones 4-8
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Geranium 'Rozanne' blooms June to frost with silvery mottled foliage on spreading plants that can grow 3 feet wide. Zones 5-9
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Geranium sanguineum var. striatum is a long-blooming selection that grows only 4 inches or so in height. In spring it's covered with pale pink flowers striped with darker veins. Zones 3-8
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Plant It With
Astilbe

Upright feathery flower spikes and ferny foliage make astilbe a fine companion for the more mounding geranium. Both thrive in rich, moist soil.

Daylily

Blooming more or less at the same time as geraniums, daylilies in yellow, gold, and orange make perfect partners for blue or violet geraniums.

Iris

The vertical sword-shape leaves of Siberian iris bring height and textural variety when planted with geraniums. The flowers of Caesar's Brother iris echo the color of Johnson's Blue or showy geranium.

Veronica

In a sunny spot, the spikes of clear blue flowers of Crater Lake Blue veronica provide a vertical accent against the saucer-shape pink or blue flowers of mounding geraniums.

Propagation
Division