Everyone could use a friend in life, and this is just as true in the garden as out. While Geranium Rozanne is a steadfast and dependable presence who fills your outdoor space with blooms and beauty, she can benefit greatly from a few floral friends of her own. While her easy-going nature means she gets along quite well with flora of all kinds, there are certain plants that you can pair with Rozanne for instant chemistry and lasting friendships.
“Out of gardens grow fleeting flowers but lasting friendships.”- Beverly Rose Hopper
Companion planting is a garden planting technique that involves using different species of plants in the same area for the benefit and increased productivity of all. Different colours, species, growing seasons, and aromas from a variety of plants can confuse pests, and make your entire garden more resilient than one that features a single variety of blooms.
Geranium Rozanne has been known to work hard for her companions; she attracts butterflies, as well as honeybees that can help pollinate vegetables and fruits.
Your favourite cranesbill geranium doesn’t have to relegate herself to the supporting player in her relationships with other flora, however. There are many blooms and plants that will perfectly compliment her periwinkle -like flowers, bright green foliage, and tendency to sprawl, spill, and climb without restraint.
Pairing Rozanne with plants of contrasting yet complimentary size, colour, and shape will add a visual interest to your garden planting. Her cheerful, round, violet-streaked blooms are enhanced by the addition of white, blue, purple, or yellow flowers in your garden.
For some interesting combinations in your garden, consider pairing Rozanne with other blue-hued plants. Blue hydrangeas, dramatic hostas with wide, full blue-green foliage, and the long, sturdy lilac spikes of meadow sage will provide a range of different textures, shapes, and heights within this analoguous colour scheme. Rozanne is not without a flair for drama, and you can play that off with the deeply hued purplish-black foliage of Barberry (Berberis) ‘Concorde’ or Foamy Bells (Heucherella) ‘Cracked Ice’.
To create contrast and visual interest, Rozanne’s cool hued blooms can be paired with vibrant and energising yellow, orange, and red flowers such as poppies, carnations, and roses.
Choosing good companions for Rozanne not only helps the flora in your garden to perform better, it provides an interesting garden environment for you to enjoy. Mix up different plant varieties, with varying colours, shapes, and blooms sizes, and all of your plants will thrive. After all, isn’t life just a bit sweeter when you have good friends?