This hardy geranium is a clump-forming perennial with trailing stems. Green leaves are deeply divided. Cheerful upward-facing flowers with contrasting darker veins can brighten that shady corner and your day.
Prefers moist, humusy, well-drained soils. Tolerates some drought once established. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers.
‘Brookside’ has violet-blue blossoms with reddish veins and white throats. Foliage turns reddish-orange in fall.
Height: 1-2 ft.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: late spring to mid-summer
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, geraniums are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Dmitriy Konstantinov