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Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’
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Geranium phaeum Lily Lovell

Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargoniums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with five-petaled flowers borne on dainty stems close to the palmately-divided leaves.

Their spectrum of colors, from cool to electric, is rivaled only by their ability to create soft mounds and flowing carpets of lush foliage in ordinary garden soil. We plant a succession of varieties to always have some in bloom from spring to fall. Our selections are easily grown and will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed. Most die back in winter.

Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ partial shade  shade lover

The shade-loving phaeums have been called “mourning widows” for their dark colors, but Mr. Jason Hill wrote that, “their subdued vivacity suggests a widow who has ceased to mourn.”

The definitive early bloomer, ‘Lily Lovell’ is endowed with some of the largest flowers in the species, which appear as early as April and always in abundance. The eggplant-colored flowers are feathered with purple veins above luxurious light green foliage that everyone likes to touch. Plant with early bulbs under a high canopy.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ (P-0079)
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