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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Big Root Geranium

To expect autumn foliage only as grand as the leaves of a Sugar Maple, we often overlook what might or could be occurring on a smaller scale in our fall plant beds. There are plenty of ways to hold onto late season foliage with choices as vibrant and rich as the Maple leaves. Geranium macrorrhizum, which means ‘Big Root’ is a hardy perennial and ideal choice. Often overlooked by many, this weed smothering groundcover thrives in full sun to partial shade; perfect for many garden locations. The varieties range in color blossom from white, light or deep pink flowers.
Expect this show of color in late spring to early summer. Its foliage emits a pleasant citronella-like fragrance, offering a bit more than just a versatile groundcover. Plant one of the pinks, ‘Bevan's Variety' under trees, shrubs or edge a large plant bed.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are that much closer to putting our gardens to bed. But as Hal Borland points out, “autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance.” Make sure you add some longevity to your perennial garden with versatile selections like Geranium macrorrhizum.

Top Photo of fall foliage Geranium macrorrhizum by Greg Bilowz
Second Photo of Geranium macrorrhizum in bloom - Image from the Internet

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