2015 Perennial of the Year

Geranium xcantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

'Biokovo' geranium is a real attention getter, sporting white blooms with bright pink stamens that lend the flowers an overall pink blush. Not only do the masses of flowers attract attention, it keeps blooming for four weeks or more in early to mid-summer (and on occasion, re-blooms in the fall). Bees, butterflies and other pollinators can't get enough of the blooms, and the leaves offer up shades of scarlet, orange and bronze in the fall.

The plant is compact, low to the ground, forming a moderately fast growing groundcover, up to three feet in diameter. It spreads by shallow, somewhat fleshy rhizomes (underground stems) that are easy to pull to control its spread. The leaves are medium green, slightly glossy, lobed and fragrant. They are also semi-evergreen, adding some early color to the garden.

Capable of full sun or part shade, it is a very adaptable, long-lived perennial that can be grown in borders (at the front), rock gardens or containers. Make sure it is growing in well-drained soil for best results. It is not tolerant of overly wet environments and, in fact, is tolerant of dry shade (once established) making it a perfect plant for under trees, eaves and other difficult dry areas in the garden.

Geranium xcantabrigiense 'Biokovo'