Johnson's Blue is the standard by which any blue or bluish geranium
hybrids are judged. With large, clear blue flowers and a neat growth
habit to about 16 inches tops, it is a national favorite.
About The Hardy Geraniums.
These fantastic perennials were not very well-known in North America
until recent years, but have always been a favorite group in Europe.
Now, American gardeners have really embraced them, and cant get enough.
Far different from windowbox geraniums, which are in a totally
different botanical group, the hardy geraniums are tough perennials that
bring to gardens what every gardener wants: compact plants with
beautiful flowers and a long season of bloom. Some bloom longer than
others, but basically, long bloom is one big advantage of the hardy
A common name across all the species is Cranes Bill which refers to the sharp-pointed seed pod after flowering.
Our wild species:
There are about 20 species worldwide, and two magenta-flowered ones are
well-known in the US as native plants. Our Wild Geranium, or Wild
Cranes Bill, G. maculatum, plus another with the curious name
of Herb Robert are found over most of the east as treasured wildflowers,
but their short season of bloom makes them non-competitors with the
hybrids for garden space. Most of the garden favorites are crosses
between species from Europe and Asia.
The basic coloring of The Lilac Geranium from the Himalayas, for
example, gives us many of the great blue selections. Most popular from
this group is Johnson's Blue, a world favorite with large (1 1/2 to 2
inch) true blue flowers. Another from similar parentage is Brookside
with even deeper blue flowers. And then there's the newer, spectacular
blue-splashed white one called Splish Splash.
Purple/Magenta/White: Geranium sanguineum,
is a species native to northern Europe and Asia, and known as Bloody
Cranes Bill due to its magenta flowers. It has become famous itself
(the wild form) and is now the most popular hardy geranium in the US.
One of the reasons is that it blooms almost all summer and fall. A
cultivar named Maxfrei is a dwarf version, and a newer one, Elke has
striking bi-colored flowers in magenta and white. Then there's the
fantastic dwarf white one with pink veins in large white petals, called Geranium sanguineum var striatum, to me, the best-looking of them all.
Patricia is a favorite deep pink and is also one of the larger plants,
up to 36. Another sensational pink one that's only about 12 inches
high is Ballerina, from the G. cinereum species with large
striped pink petals and dark centers, almost like a bi-colored petunia.
And more recently, Purple Pillow from this group gives us really red
flowers with a purple sheen.
You can't have too many hardy
geraniums. They are wonderful as edging in the front of a border, and
equally impressive as mounded specimen plants anywhere. If they're
sheared after bloom, many will do a complete repeat performance for you
before fall. If you don't have them in your garden, start your
collection now. You'll love them all.
AM014682 (Bag of 1)
AM019689 (Bag of 10)
Johnson's Blue Cranesbill
Geranium Johnson's Blue
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Late spring to early summer
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Green leaves turn red and orange in fall.
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet
Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Toxic to dogs and cats.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|