This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Biokovo cranesbill geranium
Geranium x cantabrigiense "Biokovo"
Size: Under 1 foot tall
Bloom season: Spring and early summer
Exposure: Partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; to renew, cut back after flowering.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: A true hardy geranium, this tough evergreen groundcover has attractive, shiny scalloped leaves and produces delicate pale-pink flowers in spring. A marvelous shade plant, it survives infrequent irrigation. It keeps the dry shade garden looking fresh and lush on the hottest of summer days. You can see specimens in the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu