Recommend a Blue-Flowering Cranesbill for My Area

leafy02(6 Central Kentucky)June 30, 2009

I have several St. Ola cranesbill which bloom white, and would like some with light blue/lavender flowers for a nearby spot.

My goal is to steer away from the hotter shades of purple--a cool look is what I am after.

Online research indicates that some of the blue varieties (e.g. have blue in the name) are listed as blooming purple, violet, or even magenta.

Any recommendations for plants you've known to always bloom a cooler blue/purple?

Thanks!

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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Some of the many forms of G. himalayense and/or G. pratense may be closer to the "cooler blue" that you are looking for. These plants are however, typically much larger than the 'St. Ola' (G. Ã cantabrigiense) you have.

In addition to the popular 'Rozanne', I've always been a big fan of G. Ã magnificum, although this is also likely too dark of a purple-blue for what you prefer.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 9:33AM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

'Brookside', 'Orion', 'Jolly Bee', 'Rozanne', 'Amy Doncaster' and 'Mayflower' are all geraniums on the blue-er side. However they are all taller than 'St.Ola' and bloom at various times. I also grow G. magnificum 'Rosemoor', but it is more of a purple-blue.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 10:42PM
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