Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Plant name: Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Virtues: ‘Rozanne’ has proven to be the most garden-worthy hardy geranium you can grow. Its large flowers never quit, May until frost. It has great heat tolerance, too, and received top ratings in university trials.

Bloom color: Large, two and a half inch violet-blue flowers with showy white eyes.

Leaf/Foliage: Deep green dissected foliage lightly marbled with chartreuse, turning red in fall.

Goes great with: Goes great with any strong vertical accent such as Clematis ‘Alan Bloom,’ Penstemon, or ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus ‘Mysterious Maiden’.

Habit: Forms a free flowering, mounding and spreading mound (18 to 20 inches tall) that is ideal at the front of borders, as well as in hanging baskets and other containers.

Season: Blooms from May until frost, non-stop.

Suggested by: Christine Kelleher, Blooms of Bressingham (http:// www.bloomsofbressingham.com).

Where does it come from: Comes from Donald and Rozanne Waterer in England. They collected seed from two geraniums growing in their garden. From the resultant seedlings, ‘Rozanne’ stood out as being exceptional with stronger growth, larger leaves and flowers.

Tips: Plant in sun to part shade in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8.

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