Hardy geraniums are rhizomatous perennials that spread to form a wide clump. Green leaves are deeply divided and form an attractive foliage mat. Cheerful upward-facing, 5-petaled flowers with contrasting darker veins can brighten that shady corner and your day.
Prefers moist, humusy, well-drained soils. Tolerant of some drought once established. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers.
‘Philippe Vapelle’ is a neat, mound-forming plant. Purplish blue flowers with dark purple veins and large, rounded, blue-gray leaves.
Height: 1-1.5 ft.
Spread: 1-1.5 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, geraniums are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova