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Geranium 'Brookside'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
Common Name (Alternative): Cranesbill

Lavender blue flowers with a tiny white eye and deep purple veining bloom for an exceptionally long time from late spring thru midsummer and then again from early fall until frost. The compact clumps of lacy green foliage provide a wonderful background for these flowers and retain their healthy look all season. In fall, the leaves turn vivid red-orange.

Hardy geraniums are wonderful filler plants for any landscape, either residential or commercial. They blend nicely with most other perennials and offer continuous color throughout the summer months.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-24 Inches
Spread:
  24-28 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2004

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Cranesbill is generally quite adapatable to a variety of growing conditions. Though it prefers moist, well-drained soil, it will also tolerate periods of drought once established. For this reason, it is a good choice for southern gardens.

Cranesbill will grow in full sun or part shade. In too much shade, however, its habit will be less compact and fewer flowers will be produced.

Geraniums are generally considered pest free. They require little care once established, but may be divided every 3-4 years. If the foliage begins to look raggedy by late summer, simply trim it back. A new flush of foliage will quickly take its place.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Alchemilla mollis
Common Name: Lady's Mantle
3,4,5,6,7
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Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Campanula 'Sarastro'
Common Name: Bellflower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hosta 'First Frost'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

The commmon name, Cranesbill, refers to the beak-like shaped seed pod.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.