Brookside Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)
We're into the purples this month it seems and this eye-catching purple is hard to capture in a photo. This lovely hardy Geranium has deep lavender blue flowers with a white eye that is one of the easiest perennials we have grown. It is similar to the more familiar 'Johnson's Blue' variety but is slightly more compact at around 2' x 2' and has sturdier stems. Soft foliage surround the everblooming flowers that seem to complement most other perennials or grasses. The strongest bloom comes in June but it will bloom most of the summer especially if it gets cut back after the first flush of bloom. Not many perennials get nice fall color but this one gets brilliant red and orange as it fades out into winter dormancy. We have it on the west side of our house in full sun, where it looks best with moderate water and well draining soil, but it can be drought tolerant in part shade. Could be deer resistant but we think the smellier Geranium varieties (Biokovo) are better for that, but let us know what you find out! We also carry Geranium 'Rozanne' a newer variety with a compact habit and darker purple flowers.