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2008 PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR
One of the most popular varieties of hardy Geranium. 'Rozanne' is a mounding perennial with attractive maple-leaf like, marbled foliage and is covered by 6-7 cm, saucer-shaped flowers from early summer right into the fall. The large blooms are violet-blue with a white centre which is veined with red. It is easy to grow in full sun to partial shade in any reasonably good, well-drained soil. This is not a floppy plant like some of its cousins. And doesn't mind at all if you prune it back occasionally. In fact a good hair cut will rejuvenate the plant.
This hardy geranium can be used in a variety of garden settings. It is lovely in the border and a great companion to other perennials and grasses. Try it with the ever blooming ornamental grass Pennisetum 'Karly Rose' or some of the new Shasta Daisies like Leucanthemum 'Goldrush'. Add a special Echinacea for a dynamite combination.
Since it blooms all summer 'Rozanne' is also an excellent container ornamental. Use it to add colour to your patio or have it spilling over walls and walkways. Are you looking for a colourful groundcover? Again 'Rozanne' is an ideal choice. It blooms all summer, has attractive foliage which turns red in the fall.
In addition 'Rozanne' is heat and humidity tolerant. It likes that hot sun provided it has ample moisture. 'Rozanne' is vigorous without being invasive. And it is also deer resistant. Truly a great ornamental, perfect for the busy gardener. HEIGHT: 40-50 cm SPREAD: 50-60 cm
1 gallon size container
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Image courtesy of NVK HoldingsGeneral Information Cranesbill Geraniums
These hardy, perennial Geraniums are not to be confused with the common bedding geraniums which are more properly called Pelargonium. Cranesbill Geraniums are hardy, long-lived, long-flowering and generally very easy-to-grow perennials. These are tough, low maintenance plants, free from pests and disease. There are quite a large variety of Cranesbills available -- something for virtually every garden situation including deep shade. Some of the most popular in recent years are the smaller varieties which are less than 12" high. They are perfect for a smaller garden, the rockery or even in a container. If you are developing a balcony garden these little gems are perfect. There are also many mid-sized to large varieties, very suitable for the border. Some varieties such as Geranium sanguineum can even be used as a groundcover. No matter which varieties you may grow its hard not to fall in love with these durable and very dependable perennials. Most varieties of Geranium are also very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.