Geranium ‘Brookside’ is one of the best blue geraniums. This is one of the best introductions of the last ten years with a compact habit and long flowering. It begins flowering well before the end of May & throughout June and often persists right into September. The flowers are largish, cup-shaped, clustered, numerous, of a vibrant sapphire-blue, creamy white at the center. It is often said to be a true blue color better than its predecessor ‘Johnson’s Blue.’ It’s usually or almost a true blue color, although sometimes closer to a violet-shaded blue with darker faint veins. It likes full sun or part shade, moist well-draining average soil, and is hardy to minus 30 degrees F., suited to zones 4 through 9.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Geraniums were once considered the “must have” plant for English gardens and with over 400 species it wasn’t long before cultivars developed popularity with gardeners world wide. Buyers beware however as perennial geraniums are not related to annual geraniums which are actually in the genus Pelargonium. A true geranium is a cold hardy perennial that will prove to be long-lived and add years of beauty and graceful charm to any garden.