Hardy Geranium III / Cranesbill

Geranium sessiliflorum subsp. novae-zelandiae ‘Nigricans’ (syn. ‘Nigrescens’) – A hard to find New Zealand alpine plant with small white flowers (about 1/4″ across) borne over tufts of olive-bronze foliage composed of small rounded leaves with scalloped edges. This Geranium looks beautiful in combination with Artemesia ‘Silver Mound’. Grows 3″ high by 6-10″ wide. Zone 7-8.

Geranium cinereum var. subcaulescens (syn. G. subcaulescens) – An Award of Garden Merit winner with absolutely eye-popping magenta flowers (1″ wide) sharply contrasted by a black eye. These are borne heavily from May through June, and continue on through the summer. This native of Turkey and the Balkans has grey-green foliage. Grows 6-8″ high by 15″ wide. Zone 5.

Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’ – A reliable hardy geranium with prolific bubblegum pink blooms (in May and June) over mounds of bright green scalloped foliage that takes on red tints in autumn and smells like ‘Old Spice’ aftershave when bruised. It is quite deer resistant and makes an excellent low maintenance groundcover. Grows 6-8″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ – The bright chartreuse foliage is the perfect foil for the magenta-purple flowers (June to August), accented with a dark eye and veining. While ‘Ann Folkard’ tolerates full sun here in coastal BC, it may scorch in areas with hotter summers. It is a good choice for covering the base of leggy deciduous shrubs. Grows 12-24″ high by 36″ wide. Zone 4.

Geranium x ‘Pink Spice’ – This hybrid Geranium from New Zealand features an unusual colour combination of pale pink flowers (with a rose blush) over deep bronze-brown foliage that is evergreen where hardy. The blooms are borne from June to autumn and it can be overwintered in slightly colder zones by mulching. Grows 6″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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