Hardy geraniums are used all over the Garden to great effect; their generally shallow cupped flowers in white, pink or blue, palmate foliage and ease of cultivation make them great bedfellows in herbaceous combinations along the Lynch Walk, the Rose Garden, the Scented Garden and in particular the new Cory Lawn landscape that softens the juxtaposition of the sleek contemporary lines of the Sainsbury Laboratory and the arts and crafts Cory Lodge.
Here, Geranium 'Brookside' is a key base matrix plant through which seasonal spires emerge. It will no doubt still be on this Plant Picks in October as it has an exceptionally long flowering season. The intense violet blue flowers with a white eye showing off the deep purple stamens are held on tall stems over lax rather lacy foliage. Each petal neatly overlaps the next, and is finely veined in a deeper purple.
Geranium 'Brookside' was discovered by Dr Peter Yeo, taxonomist at the Garden for over 40 years, and named by him to honour the Garden's offices at 1 Brookside. We are on the point of finishing a representative planting of our National Collection of hardy Geranium (species and primary hybrids), which grew out of Dr Yeo's extensive research into the genus, on the Research Plots. Please click the link to the left for more information.