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Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’
at Digging Dog

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 ‘Phillipe Vapelle’ full sun  partial shade

A choice hybrid between Geranium renardii and Geranium platypetalum, ‘Phillipe Vapelle’ forms soft-looking, neat mounds of quilted gray-green foliage, similar to that of Geranium renardii. The late blooming, deep bluish purple flowers, whose delicately notched petals are marked with prominent dark veins, create a pleasing blend of color next to Aster ‘Lutetia’.

Blooms late May–September.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’ (P-0647)
Each $7.75
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