Tag: Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

More Blue Blooms for June

For some reason June is a very blue/purple month. Just recently I wrote about two blue June flowers, Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis). But it seems these days that practically the only colors to be seen in… Read More

Comfort Me With Geraniums

Book Review: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Hardy Geraniums, by Robin Parer. If you love Geraniums, you will love this book. If you don’t love Geraniums, this book may plant the seeds (or perhaps a division) of Geranium love in your gardener’s… Read More

Blue June

By the first week of June our garden has taken on a more tranquil character. The orange, red, and yellow exuberance of the tulips, narcissi, and poppies has spent itself. Now the garden is full of the bulky greens of summer-blooming plants… Read More

Help for Midwest Gardeners: How Do I Choose the Right Plant?

Let’s say you’ve decided you want to plant Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). You go to an online catalog, and there could be dozens of varieties to choose from. How do you know which is best? You can go by the description in… Read More

The Flowers of Mid-June

It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again, so let’s see which flowers are strutting their stuff at the Garden in a City. This is a great year for Salvia in our garden. Salvia nemerosa ‘May Night’ and ‘East Friesland’, along with S. x… Read More

Blue Blooms Smiling At Me

We are now in that transitional stage between the spring and summer flowers. Lots and lots of foliage and buds, and lots of green. Beyond green, it seems that the dominant color right now is blue. This is not due to any… Read More

Geraniums On The Cranium

Some of my favorite perennial flowers are Geraniums. When I say Geranium, I mean members of the genus Geranium that also go by the common names Cranesbill or Hardy Geranium. I don’t mean the red flowering annuals that grow in pots. Those… Read More

Another Plant Delivery, And Taming A Wild Raised Bed

Oh joy, another box of plants have arrived, this time from Bluestone Perennials. With a single exception, all of these are meant for in and around the raised bed at the west end of the parkway. This is an area that gets… Read More

The Front Island Bed: A Wildlife-Friendly Spot Full of Bold Plants

The Front Island Bed lies between the Sidewalk Border and the low retaining wall of the expanded Foundation Bed. It is filled mostly with taller plants that enjoy lots of moisture, since the soil is a moist clay loam. It gets almost… Read More