Magazine article Sunset

10 Best Geraniums

Magazine article Sunset

10 Best Geraniums

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FOR BEDS AND BORDERS G. magnificum. Large (2-inchwide) violet-blue flowers with deep purple veins; dark green, quilted foliage. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Massive bloom in early spring, followed by sporadic flowers. Robin Parer's comments: "Wonderful with blue or purple columbine." Sunset climate zones 3-9,14-24.

G. sanguineum striatum. Pale pink flowers with dark pink veins; deep green, divided leaves. 10 inches tall by 30 inches wide. Particularly heat-tolerant. Slow to establish; best by third year. "Delicate, pretty foliage." Zones 3-24.

G. wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety'. Clear blue flowers with white centers; medium-green foliage faintly blotched with light green. 15 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Blooms midsummer to fall (year-round in mild areas); flowers fade to pink in hot climates. "The flower color is irresistible." Zones 3-9, 14-24.

SCRAMBLERS AND SPILLERS

These look best growing through shrubs or over banks and walls.

G. 'Ann Folkard'. Purplish magenta flowers with black eyes; chartreuse foliage. 12 inches tall by 48 inches wide. Blooms from spring to late fall. Can be grown in containers. "Dynamite with Heuchera and Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold' honeysuckle." Zones 3-9, 14-24.

G. 'Frances Grate'. Pale mauve flowers; leaves gray-green above, silvery beneath. 15 to 18 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Blooms from spring through fall. Very heat-tolerant. "The plant develops into a great billowy mound." Zones 5-9, 14-24. …

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