Sunday, October 16, 2011

Purple Pillow Grayleaf Geranium

Grayleaf Geranium
Geranium cinereum 'Purple Pillow'
(jer-AY-nee-um) (sin-EER-ee-um)

The Hardy Geraniums were fantastic this year. Even with all the rain they bloomed through the season and in one case still blooming in the perennial border (mixing nicely with the left over mums from last year). We were diligent in keeping them trimmed up but that was about all the maintenance they needed. Just put these plants in full sun or partial shade and provide good drainage and you will be enjoying them for years.

‘Purple Pillows’ has a nice strong color. Most of the other varieties are blue and are a great way to add blue to your border. Since these plants are not very tall (12 inches) it is best to have them near the front of the border. Personally I like them best when they are semi-sprawling and poking their flowers up here and there. The foliage is finely cut and attractive with excellent fall color.

Since it is Sunday come join us at Today’s Flowers . Sunday means a bonus snapshot.

After months of not being able to find my compact camera I had written it off completely. Yesterday when cleaning up my office I found it! Both of these pictures are from the card that was in the camera.

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'
(kor-ee-OP-sis) (gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)

Another long blooming low maintenance perennial.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Love that Geranium. Mine get 'trimmed' back by the deer.
Love the stained glass veins in the petals.

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Great shots.

Pat said...

That is a lovely little geranium and the orange coreopsis flowers are gorgeous! I can't grow geraniums outdoors where I live because they'd freeze in the winter time and also the deer eat them unless they're fenced or sprayed with that stinky stuff called "Liquid Fence," I think deer also eat coreopsis. The deer are pretty, but they are pests when it comes to landscaping when you live in the foothills of northern California!

SandyCarlson said...

Sure could be doing with some of those geraniums! Beautiful shots.

Karin M. said...

Very nice pictures ...
LG: Karin