Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 4-9
- Spacing: 24"
- Height: 15"
- Ships As: 1 bareroot plant
Brookside Hardy Geranium
Geraniums belong to their own family, Geraniaceae, and are native to cool, temperate areas, mostly the eastern section of the Mediterranean region. There are over 400 species of these ‘hardy’ geraniums, not to be confused with the tender, annual geraniums commonly grown in containers, which belong to the genus Pelargonium. Hardy geraniums, also known as cranesbills, have multi-lobed leaves and small, showy clumps of flowers in pink, blue, purple or white. The Greek word ‘geranos’ means crane, and refers to the beaklike seed capsules, which split open when ripe and catapult the seeds.
Brookside is a ground-hugging variety that will happily weave between other plants, pumping out cheery sapphire-blue blossoms for weeks on end. It makes a good ground cover and border perennial.
Plant in ordinary, well-drained soil in an area that receives full sun to part shade. In warmer areas, choose a site that receives protective shade from the afternoon sun. Plant the crown, the place where the roots and the stems meet, at the soil surface. Space 24” apart. Spread the roots horizontally, gently firming the soil around the roots. Water well. When the ground freezes, lay down a 2” layer of mulch to retain moisture and provide protection during the winter months, especially in zone 4.
In the spring, maintain soil moisture, especially until the plant is established. After flowering, cut the flower stems and any rough-looking foliage to the ground to encourage plants to produce fresh foliage. Beginning in the second year, plants often produce a second flush of flowers later in the season, especially if they are cut back after the first flowering.