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Geraniums: The Best of the Best

After testing 180 varieties for 15 years, the results are in

Fine Gardening - Issue 145
Geraniums (Geranium spp. and cvs, USDA Hardiness Zones 3–8) are terrific. It really is that simple. We could talk about their landscape versatility, cultural adaptability, and superior ornamental traits. Or we could talk about their sheer variety: There are about 300 species and a plethora of cultivars and hybrids in the world. But geraniums are simply awesome garden plants because of their beauty and their tried-and-true reputation. Despite these good traits, there are, unfortunately, a few less-than-stellar varie­ties out there, and nobody wants to be the one to spend their money on a stinker. That is why I decided to put more than 180 of them to the test, and you’ll find my conclusions on many of those trialed in the pages that follow.

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