Sunday, February 19, 2017

Geranium 'Azure Rush'

Geranium 'Azure Rush'
Following in the footsteps of Geranium 'Rozanne' is another fine perennial ground cover plant from Germany. The flower colour is not really azure blue, as say like the colour of the sea around a Greek Isle, it is more violet-blue.
Jane Taylor, in her terrific book Collecting Garden Plants refers to this colour as 'Nurseryman's blue' where the blues are all shaded with pink or red and are not true blue at all. Fact is blue flowers sell regardless how "true" they actually are. The book has an interesting chapter on the species and hybrid geraniums and in particular the collection held at Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the work carried out on sorting out the genus by Dr Peter Yeo, who also has written a book specifically about them. She gives some good reasons for why they make such great garden plants, referring to their 'ample finely cut foliage making dense mounds surmounted by a long succession of clear blue flowers on branching stems'. They are also sterile hybrids and therefore waste no energy in setting seed but provide a constant supply of flowers for six months of the year especially if given the occasional 'haircut' of any straggly stems. Geranium 'Azure Rush' would make an ideal companion plant to pink or yellow roses or if grown alongside daylilies or kniphofia. It is a hardy easy care plant suitable for coastal or mountain gardens
Published by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London
Cover photo: Geranium platypetalum by Dr P Yeo

Geranium 'Azure Rush' originated from zu Jeddeloah Pflanzen in Germany.

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